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Sungmin Shin

Title: Associate Professor of Practice, University at Buffalo SUNY
Program Graduation: DMA, ALP Certificate 2019
Musical Studies: Guitar
Musical Specialties: Chamber Music, Commercial Music, Composition, Education, Higher Education
Non-Musical Specialties: Leadership
Quote: “The Arts Leadership Program, through its courses and internships, was pivotal in shaping my career. I gained invaluable knowledge and experience through the program and was able to meet and establish meaningful relationships with so many wonderful colleagues and mentors. THANK YOU IML for everything!”


Korean-born American musician Sungmin Shin maintains a vigorous schedule seamlessly navigating the unpredictable musical landscape of the 21st century. Dr. Shin is an artist-teacher, arts leadership advocate, composer, consultant, engineer-producer, ensemble director, entrepreneur, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, music theorist, and scholar. Sungmin balances his classical training with his deep roots in diverse musical cultures to seek new modes of expression through performance, improvisation, and composition. He has been invited to compose, perform, teach, and adjudicate at major international competitions, events, and festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention & Competition, Iserlohn International Guitar Festival (Germany), Rochester International Jazz Festival, and many more. A frequent collaborator with various musicians, he is a member of the internationally acclaimed guitar ensemble Tantalus Quartet and 8-piece rock band Lauren and the Good Souls. Dr. Shin is Associate Professor of Practice at the University at Buffalo SUNY where he directs the guitar program and ensembles.