Associate Professor
Diehn School of Music

Paul Kim

NORFOLK, 23529

Conductor, composer, and violinist Paul Sanho Kim is an associate professor at Old Dominion University, where he directs the ODU Symphony Orchestra, teaches conducting and violin, and coordinates the strings area. He is also music director of the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore and the symphony orchestra conductor of the Czech Music Camp for Youth. Kim has led performances with the Virginia Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, and university orchestras across the U.S. and in China, and he was previously the conductor for Eurythmics star Dave Stewart and his Rock Fabulous Orchestra. He was also the conductor and producer for the album Carl Roskott: Works for Violin, released by Centaur Records.

Kim is the composer of nearly thirty original works. Where Darkness Meets Light, a multimedia composition for violin and cello, was performed at the Chrysler Museum of Art and at the 2017 Glass Art Society Conference to critical acclaim, and a digital album of the music (with Kim on violin) is available on iTunes and CD Baby. His arrangements of Radiohead songs for string quintet Sybarite5 have been performed on NPR’s Performance Today as well as at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and have been released on Sybarite5’s album Everything in Its Right Place. As a violinist, Kim is a member of the Roanoke Symphony and has performed with the Virginia Symphony and Maryland Symphony as well as internationally.

Dr. Kim completed a D.M.A. in conducting at Shenandoah Conservatory. Previously, he earned an M.M. in orchestral conducting at the University of Maryland as well as an M.A. in music and a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Virginia. Kim also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting, Shenandoah University, (2012)

M.M. in Orchestral Conducting Performance, University of Maryland, (2006)

M.A. in Music, University of Virginia, (2004)

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Virginia, (2001)


Ochestral Activities, Conducting, Violin
  • 2014: Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society,
  • 2004: Nicholas and Virginia Neville Graduate Assistantship in Orchestral Conducting , University of Maryland
  • 2002: Fickenscher-Pace Fellowship, University of Virginia
  • 1998: Echols Scholar, Dean's List, and Intermediate Honors, University of Virginia