Carmel composer Ahn produces 1st album


By Mark Ambrogi

Caroline Ahn’s hope is her first album provides comfort to listeners in need.

“Since the music is very soothing and calming, we would like to use this album to touch people’s hearts and heal people who are ill, who are discouraged, who are depressed, who are lost and who are lonely,” Ahn said.

Caroline Ahn composed an album of piano solos. (Submitted photo)

The Carmel resident composed “Classical Ballad: The First Album,” a collection of piano solos. The pianist, Doyeon Diane Kim, a former student of Ahn, performs the music. While Ahn was getting her doctor at Indiana University she was Kim’s instructor.

Ahn said it took her approximately six months to write nine songs for the album.

The album was directed and produced by a Korean Agency called The Classic Art by CEO Yohan Shin, Ahn said.

“When he suggested me to write the pieces for the CD, he really wanted to make a classical album that’s more applicable or approachable for ordinary people,” Ahn said. “Something that’s easy to listen and everybody can enjoy it.”

Ahn, now a professor at Anderson University, moved to the United States from South Korea 15 years ago. She previously worked as a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. She and her husband, Dr. Soong Ahn, a chiropractor, moved to Carmel several years ago.

Kim came in from South Korea to perform two concerts at Barnes and Noble stores, July 28 in Carmel and July 29 in Indianapolis. The CD is for sale at Barnes and Nobles for $24.99 and through iTunes.

Proceeds from the two-day event served as fundraiser for the Sound of Hope. The traveling orchestra group, which was started approximately two years ago, visits retirement centers, orphanages, assisted living facilities and hospitals around Indianapolis-area about once a month.

For more on Sound of Hope, visit For more on Ahn, visit

Fun Fact: Composer Caroline Ahn also wrote the opening and finale music for CarmelFest in 2012.


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