Carlene Younghae Kim is a conductor born in Seoul, South Korea. She received her bachelor’s degree in music at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s in music at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her doctorate of musical art in choral conducting at University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, Younghae is teaching conducting at Ewha.
Arirang is traditional Korean folk music that has been passed down by memory for over 600 years. It wasn't until 1869 that Christian missionary Homer B. Holbert went to South Korea and scored it black and immutable onto paper for the first time.