Cameron’s Hyunsoon Whang to receive Governor’s Arts Award

photo of Governor Brad Henry and Hyunsoon WhangCameron University Professor of Music Dr. Hyunsoon Whang, Louise D. McMahon Endowed Chair in Music, will be honored by Governor Brad Henry with the Governor’s Arts Award during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol on November 10. Dr. Whang will receive The Arts & Education Award, which recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator or group for their outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefitting youth and/or arts in education. The Governor’s Arts Awards are sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

“Cameron is fortunate to count Dr. Hyunsoon Whang among its faculty,” says Dr. John McArthur, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Her commitment to her students, her passion for teaching, and her willingness to share her amazing talent in recitals and performances across the country and around the world combine to make her worthy of this prestigious honor.”

photo of Hyunsoon WhangBorn in Seoul, Korea, Whang has been a member of the Cameron faculty since 1993. Trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Juilliard School, she holds a doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. She serves on the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Touring Artists Rosters. Last season she was invited to perform for the Oklahoma Consular Summit of the Asia-Pacific Region at the Governor’s Mansion. Her live performance videos from Drury University in Missouri were recently broadcast on PBS stations in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Whang has performed in more than 500 concerts across the United States as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Korea. Critics have praised her as “the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music,” and as one who has “always delivered with grace and beauty.”

In addition to regional engagements this season in Duncan, Oklahoma City, and Lawton, she will also perform in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Cleveland, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Interlochen, Michigan.

Other honors include the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council’s “Artist of the Year,” induction into the Cameron University Alumni Association’s Faculty Hall of Fame, Earth Day Coalition’s “Entertainer of the Year,” and a multiple listing in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

Recipients of the Governor’s Arts Awards were selected by members of the Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee from the nominations submitted. For a complete list of 2010 recipients, go to



October 26, 2010