Sungheui Bae-Park was born and grew up in South Korea. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1994 and a master’s degree in 2002 from Hyosung Women’s University (Daegu Catholic University). Her major was voice (soprano) with a minor in piano. She also participated in the International Summer Music Academy at the University of Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in 2001.
Sungheui has performed numerous times in South Korea and several times abroad. Her passion, however, is church music. Her musical talents come from her spiritual development which began at church. She recognizes that her abilities are gifts from God. She had served as an accompanist and a soloist at church as an elementary-school child and leading choirs at the age of 20. As she grew older she was a member of the Korean Christian Music Association which allowed her to develop her conducting career.
After moving to the United States, Sungheui was a choir director in Lynchburg and Roanoke, Virginia at the Korean Baptist Church and also at Smyrna Presbyterian Korean Church in Pennsylvania. She was a music director at Jesus Love Church also in Pennsylvania. She was a pianist at Zion Jesus Community Church in Jefferson, Maryland and the Strawbridge Methodist Church (American Church) in Carroll County.
Sungheui presently serves in the music ministry at The Lord’s Church of Frederick, Korean Baptist Congregation, where her husband’s ministry is held.
Outside of church, Sungheui is a part-time student at Frederick Community College majoring in Early Childhood Education and Development. She received a certificate in that area. She is also a Korean school teacher in Gaithersburg and an instructor in piano.
Sungheui believes that church music strengthens one’s faith, especially in difficult situations. All tears and suffering can be reversed through the confession of our faith and praise. Therefore, Sungheui hopes all our music is not just singing but rather an expression of our witness and evidence of faith.