Dr. Alison Bazala Kim has taught cello at Anne Arundel Community College, Hood College, the Naval Academy and Washington Adventist University. Additionally, Dr. Bazala Kim taught at the Holton-Arms School, the Bullis School and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Prior to moving to Maryland, she taught at Michigan State University Community Music School and was the director of the Chamber Music Program. Her students won the MASTA competition and were semi-finalists in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Dr. Bazala Kim maintains a private studio in North Potomac, Maryland. Her students have been prize-winners in competitions, including the MSMTA Spring Solo Strings Festival, the Feder Memorial Solo Strings Competition, the Gaithersburg Youth Artists Award Competition and the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition at Carnegie Hall. Her students have been or are members of the ASCYO, AYPO, DCYO, FRYO, MCYO and Potomac Valley Youth Orchestras, and are often leading members of their school orchestras.
Dr. Bazala Kim has coached cello sectionals for the Montgomery Classic Youth Orchestras, Frederick Regional Youth Orchestras, Academy of St. Cecilia Youth Orchestras, D.C. Youth Orchestras and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. She has been on audition committees for both youth and professional orchestras. She has adjudicated at competitions and Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Currently, she is President-Elect of the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American String Teacher's Association.
As a performer, Alison Bazala Kim has appeared both in the United States and internationally. Her recitals in the U.S. have taken place in Houston, Miami Beach, Boston, and at the Embassy of Romania, the State Department and the Ambassador’s Club in Washington, D.C. She was a featured concerto soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. In Kosovo, she performed as a soloist in the Bach Festival and in Albania, she appeared as a concerto soloist.
Bazala Kim toured in Macedonia, the Slovak Republic and Bulgaria. She was the first American soloist to appear in Sarajevo after the 1992-95 war in Bosnia where she performed at the National Theater, the Dom Armije concert hall and at NATO headquarters. She toured Bosnia again in January 1999, performing in Banja Luca and in Sarajevo. She performed and gave a masterclass at the Sarajevo Music Academy, and her concerts were broadcast on television and radio. Other recital tours include Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. As a chamber musician, she has performed in Miami Beach, New York City, Boston, and locally at the Washington Arts Club, Frederick Community College, Hood College, St. John's College and the University of Maryland.
Bazala Kim was a member of the New World Symphony, and toured with them to play in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Brazil, Argentina, Monaco, and Israel, and recorded with the orchestra on the Argo-Decca label. She was Principal Cellist of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and played with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. She also served as Associate Principal Cellist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Annapolis, Apollo and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras.
Dr. Bazala Kim holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, Master of Music degree from Rice University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. She also studied at the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers were David Hardy, Peter Wiley, David Soyer, Paul Katz and Fritz Magg.