Naki Kripfgans

Meet Dr. Naki Sung Kripfgans – Organist for February 28 Concert

Dr. Naki Sung Kripfgans will be performing on organ at the Worship Arts Conservatory Faculty and Friends Concert, Hymns, Ancient and Modern. She is part of the faculty pool for the Conservatory.

Dr. Naki Sung Kripfgans has concertized regionally and internationally as a concert organist/ collaborative pianist, including performances in Japan, Germany, Russia, and South Korea. Naki received her DMA in organ performance from the University of Michigan, and she earned her MM and BM in piano performance from the University of Michigan and University of Northern Iowa, respectively.  Naki has received numerous scholarships and awards including graduate student fellowships, the James A. Walgreen Keyboard Scholarship, the Aspen Music School and Festival Scholarship, the MTNA Young Chang Piano Competition, and the Des Moines Symphony Young Artist Competition.  As a virtuoso improviser, she also won 2012 Robert Glasgow Award for Organ Improvisation Competition at the University of Michigan.  Most recently, Naki won the 2015 UM Life Science Orchestra Concerto Competition to perform Poulenc’s Organ Concerto at Hill Auditorium in April 2016.  Naki has been the resident organist at First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor since 2002, and she has also been a staff collaborative pianist at the University of Michigan since 2012.  She released her first organ CD under Cambridge Recording, and bassoon and piano duet CD under Music Minus One. Please visit for more information.


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