about naki


        Dr. Naki Sung Kripfgans, a native of South Korea, performed both regionally and internationally, including in Germany, Russia, Japan, and South Korea.  She made her European debut at Stiftskirche, St. Arnual, Germany in 2009.  Over the next two years Dr. Kripfgans was invited back to Europe twice.  In 2010, she performed in the gothic revival church Johanneskirche, Saarbrücken, Germany, home to the longstanding Hör Zu concert series.  The following year, she gave a well-received solo recital at the annual International Organ Festival Orgues sans frontières.  Dr. Kripfgans appeared as a soloist for the University of Michigan Organ Conference.  Furthermore, she performed at the University of Michigan Organ Symposium and many concerts sponsored by the Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She is the 2012 winner of the Robert Glasgow award at the University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition, and the she 2014 winner of University of Michigan Life Science Orchestra Concerto Competition.  She will perform Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the University of Michigan Life Science Orchestra at Hill Auditorium in April, 2016.

    Dr. Kripfgans received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance (Liturgical, Church, and Synagogue Music) from the University of Michigan.  She earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa.  During her studies, Dr. Kripfgans received numerous scholarships and awards, including the prestigious James A. Walgreen Keyboard Scholarship.  She also won the MTNA Young Chang Piano Competition and was the grand prize and performance award winner of the Des Moines Symphony Competition.  Her organ teachers include Dr. Marilyn Mason, Dr. Marilou Krantzenstein, and Dr. Ann Marie Rigler.

    Dr. Kripfgans is currently the resident organist of First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, a position she has held since 2002.  Additionally, she is an staff collaborative pianist at the University of Michigan since 2012.

    She released her first solo organ CD under Cambridge Recording label in November 2013 (For more information, please click here), and Bassoon and Piano CD “Festival and Contest Solos for Bassoon and Piano” under Music Minus One(For more information, please click here).  



First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor

120 South State St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103


collaborative pianist

University of Michigan

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

1100 Baits Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085

adjunct piano faculty

Worship Arts Conservatory

535 Griswold St.

Suite 111-251

Detroit, MI 48226