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Bomi Tunstall is a pianist with a well-rounded background in performance, pedagogy, and chamber music. Her approach to performing and teaching emphasizes the communicative and storytelling qualities of music. She holds music degrees from Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory (DMA) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (MM & BM), studying with William Heiles and Benjamin Pasternack. Her second master's degree is in piano pedagogy, studying with distinguished pedagogues, Reid Alexander and Cathy Albergo. Bomi has also performed for renowned artists such as Leon Fleisher, Charles Rosen, Boris Berman, and Awadagin Pratt in masterclasses. Her accolades include major prizes from the 11th Biennial International Beethoven Sonata Competition, the Society of American Musicians Competition, the Chicago Piano Duo Competition, and the 23rd Krannert Debut Artists Competition, which resulted in her debut CD publication featuring works of Rachmaninov, Debussy, and Beethoven. Dr. Tunstall has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI), Frostburg State University (MD), Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University (MD), and as TA at the University of Illinois. In August 2020,  Dr. Tunstall made Charlotte (NC) her new home and is currently on the music theory faculty at Queens University of Charlotte, serves as pianist for Opera Carolina, and teaches piano at Trinity Episcopal School . She also maintains her private studio, is a frequent adjudicator for piano competitions and festivals in the Carolinas, and performs with members of Charlotte Symphony. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association, Royal Conservatory of Music, National Federation of Music Clubs, and Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum.




Bomi Lim Tunstall

Worked in Baltimore, Washington DC & Chicago

Lives and works in Charlotte, NC



2011 Doctor of Musical Arts

Johns Hopkins University (Peabody Conservatory)


2007 Master of Music (Pedagogy)

2006 Master of Music (Performance)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2004 Bachelor of Music

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




2011-Present Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by MTNA

2010 Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education, MD

2010 The Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Institute, PA

2009 The Chicago Suzuki Institute, IL


Work Experience


Present-Trinity Episcopal School, Charlotte, NC: Piano Instructor

Present-Queens University of Charlotte, NC: Music Theory Faculty

Present-Opera Carolina, Charlotte, NC: Pianist

Ongoing-NCMTA, SCPFA, NFMC, CPTF festivals/auditions: Adjudicator

2019-2020 Elgin Master Chorale (Youth Division), IL: Pianist

2016-2020 Self-employed, IL: Independent Piano Teacher

2012-2016 Adlai E. Stevenson High School, IL: Piano Instructor

2013-2014 Univ. of Wisconsin, WI: Associate Lecturer of Music

2014 Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, WI: Adjudicator

2014 Philharmonia Concerto Competition, WI: Adjudicator

2014 Interlocken Scholarship Competition, WI: Adjudicator

2011-2012 Frostburg State Univ, MD: Lecturer of Music

2009-2011 Levine School of Music, DC: Suzuki Piano Instructor & Adjudicator for Piano Juries

2007-2011 Peabody Institute of JHU, MD: Piano Instructor & Adjudicator for Scholarship/Recital Auditions & Exams

2006-2007 Peabody Opera: Accompanist

2004-2006 Univ. of Illinois, IL: Graduate Teaching Assistant

2005-2006 Sinfonia da Camera, IL: Orchestral Pianist





2018 Steinway Educational Partner

2010 The Dalcroze Society of America Scholarship

2008-2010 Lime Kiln Foundation Scholarship

2009 & 2007 Peabody Career Development Grants

2008 State of Maryland Delegate Scholarship

2007-2008 Lucy Brown Memorial Piano Scholarship

2007-2008 Frederick Campbell Colston Memorial Scholarship

2006-2007 Peabody Conservatory Scholarship

2006 Krannert Center Debut Artist Competition Co-winner

2004-2006 UIUC Graduate Teaching Assistantships

2005 Excellent Instructor Award (Piano Pedagogy TA)

2005 International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition, 5th place

2005 Society of American Musicians Piano Comp, Honorable M.

2002-2004 UIUC School of Music Full Undergrad. Scholarship

2003 Chicago Piano Duo Competition, 2nd place



2011 "Stravinsky, Jazz, and the New American Sound: Piano Music of Aaron Copland, William Schuman, Leonard Bernstein, and Lukas Foss" DMA Diss., Johns Hopkins University

2010 "Passion Gives Us Purpose" Article, Clavier Companion: Sep/Oct. Issue

2007 "Piano Music of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Beethoven" CD, Beaux Musique Records


Artistic | William Heiles, Benjamin Pasternack, Vladimir Leyetchkiss

Piano Pedagogy | Cathy Albergo, Reid Alexander

Theory Pedagogy | Barb Bowker, Ed Klonoski

Coaching | Pacifica Quartet, Peabody Trio, Ian Hobson

Masterclass | Leon Fleisher, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen, Awadagin Pratt

2023 Musical Storytime (Various Mecklenburg Libraries): Opera Carolina, NC
2022 Charlotte Symphony Winds (chamber): Myers Park Summer Series, NC
2022 Opera Performances (orchestral): Opera Carolina, NC
2022 Celebration of Life (chamber): Novant Health (Charlotte Hospital), NC
2022 Mayor's Masked Ball (chamber): UNCF Charlotte, NC

2016-2020 Repertoire Classes; Vernon Area Public Library, IL

2012-2016 Repertoire Classes; Stevenson High School's PREP Program, IL

2011-2012 Departmental Concerts (chamber): Frostburg State Univ., MD

2011 Lecture Recital (solo): Peabody Conservatory, MD

2008-2010 Faculty Recitals (chamber & solo): Peabody Institute, MD

2006-2008 Guest Artist Recitals (solo): Road Scholar Series, MD

2008 Guest Artist Recital (solo): Diversity Concert Series, MD

2007 Outreach Recitals (chamber & solo): Creative Access, MD

2006 Award Recital (chamber): Urban Philharmonic Society, DC

2006 Young Musicians Concert Series (solo), MD

2006 Guest Artist Recital (solo): Harper College, IL

2006 Debut Artist Recital (solo): Krannert Center of Performing Arts, IL

2005 Award Recital (solo): Int'l Beethoven Piano Competition, TN

2005 Award Recital (solo): The Society of American Musicians, IL

2004 Guest Artist Recital (solo): Northeastern Illinois Univ, IL

2003 Award Recital (chamber): Chicago Duo Piano Festival

2002 Guest Artist Recital (solo): Elmhurst College, IL

Digital Skill


Clavinova Laboratory Pianos and Controllers; Audacity; MuseScore; NoteFlight; Microsoft Office Suite; Canvas; Desire2Learn; GoogleDrive; LawLogix; FlipGrid; Filmora; Canva; Wordpress; Wix; Google Sites 

Continuing Education


2023 Audio Production with Soundtraip for ETU: Hal Leonard EDU

2022 Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique & Program Music in the 19th

          Century: Online Courses, HarvardX

2020 Piano Festival Workshop: Junior & Senior Repertoire,  NCMTA

2019 Audio Recording Softwares: Pro Tools & Audacity: Workshops, AHML

2018 Art of Teaching Music Theory Levels 5 & 8: 8-wk Webinars, RCM

2015 Piano Technology: Beginning Course, Randy Potter Piano Technology

2014 Music Theory Pedagogy: Coursework, NIU

2014 Assessment Method in Higher Education: Coursework, NIU

2014 Nature of Adult  & Higher Education: Coursework, NIU

2014 Sibelius Software: Self-taught

2013 Intro to Business Software Packages: Coursework, WRHC

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