Faculty Profile

Jamie Namkung

Jamie Namkung

Adjunct Instructor of Piano; Collaborative Accompanist: Piano

Education: BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; DMA, Northwestern University

Pianist Jamie Namkung has achieved public recognition through concert appearances, including the Haller Lake Music Series, Aria International Summer Academy, and Banff International Piano Festival. An avid chamber musician in high demand, Jamie has appeared live on King FM 98.1 and American Public Media's Performance Today, and frequently collaborated with former and current members of the Chicago and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, Seattle Opera, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. In 2015-2016, she received the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, which allowed her one-year appointment as Collaborative Artist in Residence at Seattle University. Jamie has also built a successful teaching career at such institutions as Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Harper College, and Northeastern Illinois University where she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano. 


Jamie received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Angela Cheng and Boris Slutsky. She also earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University where she held graduate assistantships in teaching and accompanying as a student of Alan Chow. She currently maintains a private studio in Seattle, and serves as adjunct faculty and staff pianist at Seattle Pacific University. 

Stephen Newby teaching

Why I Teach at SPU

Stephen Newby, Associate Professor of Music; Director of Composition

"I love to teach music at SPU because I get to equip and nurture the next generation of creators, innovators, inventors, and artists. Teaching is an extraordinary gift from God. I believe the Wise Creator is the giver of every good and perfect gift. Therefore, I am blessed to teach."

Stephen Newby

Dr. Stephen Newby, associate professor of music, director of composition, and director of the Gospel Choir, leads fans in the national anthem at nearly every Seattle Sounders FC home game.

Photo courtesy of Peter Haley, News Tribune.