Biography

Organist Ahreum Han’s imaginative, powerful, and extraordinary performances have thrilled audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Ahreum was a featured soloist at the National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists held in New Haven Connecticut (2015), Nashville, Tennessee (2012), in Sarasota, Florida (2010), and in Atlanta, Georgia (2007), the Young Virtuosi Festival held at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, Colorado State University, and the White Mountain Musical Arts Bach Festival in New Hampshire. Recently, she was invited to play at International Organ Festival in Arbon, Switzerland in September 2015.

Ahreum has appeared as a solo recitalist at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Longwood Gardens, (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania), St. Bartholomew’s Church and Trinity Church, Wall Street (NYC), Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, New Jersey), Memorial Chapel at Harvard University (Boston), Ocean Grove Auditorium (Ocean Grove, New Jersey), Spivey Hall (Morrow, Georgia), St. Philip’s Cathedral (Atlanta), Broadway Baptist Church (Fort Worth), Merrill Auditorium (Portland, Maine), Overture Hall (Madison, Wisconsin), Cathedral of Christ the Light (Oakland, California), Saint James Episcopal (Los Angeles, CA), Jack Singer Hall (Calgary, Canada), Michealskirche (Leipzig, Germany), Oxford Town Hall (Oxford, United Kingdom), Nottingham Albert Concert Hall (Nottingham, UK), and Esplanade Hall in Singapore. She has been an organ soloist with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Kimmel Center and the University of Pennsylvania Orchestra at Irvine Auditorium.

Ahreum has received top prizes from numerous competitions including the Oundle Award, undergraduate division of Westminster Choir College Scholarship Competition, the Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship Competition, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Performance Competition, the John Rodland Memorial Church Music Scholarship Competition, the Albert Schweitzer organ competition, the Carlean Neihart Organ Competition, the Edwin Seder prize at Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the West Chester University Organ Competition. Her live performances have been featured on the radio show PIPEDREAMS from American Public Media.

She was born in Seoul, Korea. Her family immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia when she was sixteen. Ahreum graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College where she studied with Ken Cowan. She obtained a Diploma from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music having studied with Alan Morrison. Ahreum received her Master’s degree from Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music where she studied with Thomas Murray.

Ahreum is presently the Principal Organist, Assistant Director of Music, and Artist-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa.  She also is the College Organist at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She was on organ faculty at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She has served as the Principal Organist at First Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania, an organist at Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School, an organist for the Berkeley Divinity School of Yale University, and Organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, Connecticut.

Ahreum is married to Todd Congdon and they have two boys: a 23 month-old boy, Daniel and a 5-month old baby boy, Bradley.