Concert No. 2 – Breaing Barriers features South Korean composers who have attended or now attending music institutes in the U.S. Here you can learn about each of the composers. Click their web portfolio link to learn more.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn holds degrees in composition from Yonsei University, Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Her compositions have been widely performed around the globe. Dr. Ahn currently works as an Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Anderson University. She has been a recipient of many commissions and awards, including Christine Clark/Theodore Front Prize of IAWM, American Prize, and more.
Grace Choi is a composer and sound-visual artist. She is actively performing her works and works with various music organizations, and has received commissions to compose music from various projects, including NMARA International Art Exchange and MMCA. She graduated from Seoul National University and the University of Cincinnati. She is currently studying for a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati.
Soh Young Choi Soh Young Choi is a composer, theorist, and educator in South Korea. She received her master’s degree in Composition and Theory from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2014, and her bachelor’s in Composition from Seoul National University in 1997. Her composition currently focuses on sacred vocal music. She actively participates in the New Hymn Festival of Composers of God as one of the members every year.
Bumki Kim’s compositions won him awards from esteemed foundations such as NFAA and ARKO, who sponsored his New York City debut in 2010. Most recently, he was commissioned from France (Linea Ensemble, 2018), and Hong Kong (HKNME 2017). He has been serving as an Associate Professor of Composition at Gyeongsang National University since 2015. Kim earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in composition at Indiana University in Bloomington and his bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University.
Young Jo Lee studied composition in Seoul and Munich (1975) under Carl Orff and Wilhelm Killmayer, then at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago (1986) where he completed his D.M.A. and subsequently taught as a professor. In 1994, he returned to South Korea where he became a professor and the Dean of the Korean National University of Arts. In the background of Young Jo Lee’s compositions, there is always the thought of how Korean music can find its place amongst world music.
Serin Oh Serin Oh holds her Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition with computer music as her cognate study at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati in 2021. She broadens her music from such influences as literature, painting, nature and scientific phenomenon. Serin Oh is a Research Fellow of Veritas Musicae, and is a member of New Music Society, and The Korean Society of Women Composers.
Haerim Seok is a composer, pianist, and church musician based in Kingston, Ontario. Her works draw on resources ranging from the European classical canon to traditional Korean music and electroacoustic techniques. She holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, along with degrees from Yonsei University. Her music has been played in South Korea, Japan, Croatia, Canada, and the United States, with commissions from organizations such as the Chicago Civic Orchestra.
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Hye Jung Yoon taught Orchestration, Music Theory, Computer Music, and Composition for several years at colleges and her works have been performed in Korea, the USA, and Europe. Now residing in Cincinnati, she holds a DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Her music reflects diverse images inherent in her mind. It is made of delicate and fragile timbre or passionate sounds, which transform into sounds of hope or light.