Song inducted to Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame
Weatherford College’s master pianist, Dr. Hyeyoung Song, was inducted into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame this past week in New York City.
Talented educators from the United States and Canada who foster passion, creativity and discipline in the next generation of piano artists are selected for this distinguished honor every two years.
"I am so grateful to have the warm support of Weatherford College, and I thank everyone who made this trip together,” Song said. “It was a great honor. This honor is not for me but for WC, our students and the community.”
WC President Tod Allen Farmer and Duane Durrett, WC dean of fine arts, attended the ceremony.
A group of donors and community members also made the trip to New York in Song’s honor, joining her on a tour of the Steinway manufacturing plant. Nuri Han, a current WC piano student, and Xavier Kim, a WC alumnus now studying music at The City College of New York, performed for the group in the prestigious “Steinway Vault” housing some of the company’s most prized instruments. The group also spent time with two other WC alumni working in successful careers in New York.
Originally from South Korea, Song has performed all over the world, including NYC’s Carnegie Hall, Paris, Seoul and Spain. She is also the founder of the annual Weatherford College International Piano Competition, entering its sixth year in 2024.
WC became an All-Steinway School in 2019 and became the first community college to become an All-Steinway Spirio institution with the addition of high-resolution player pianos. The college’s Steinway program has been funded by generous donors.