A native of Seoul, Korea, Dr. Ji Hyun Woo earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the
University at Buffalo, where she also completed three Master’s degrees, in Music Theory,
Composition, and Organ Performance. Previous to arriving in the United States, Dr.
Woo was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Composition from Sook Myung Women's University
in Seoul, Korea.
Dr. Woo's publication has focused on fin de siècle chromaticism, in particular, on the development and usage of scale-step flat 2 in
the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her article, Modes of Phrygian Functionality: Flat 2-Centered Progressions in Chromatic Music, (Ewha Music Institute, 2010) was published in the Ewha Music Journal. Her research
interests include the development of chromatic harmony, Bach’s Fugal composition,
Dalcroze Eurhythmics, improvisation, and, pedagogy. Dr. Woo has presented her composition, Buffalo and Me (2002) at the College Music Society International Conference in Seoul and Kyeong
Ju, Korea (2011). She will present her improvisational demo class in the SMT Improvisation
Interest Group Workshop at the 2015 Society Music Theory meeting in St. Louis.
Dr. Woo is an active performer and regularly performs recitals at the First United
Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk, New York, where she serves as the Music Director and
Organist. Her recent recording “Aurora,” with clarinetist Dr. Andrew Siegel was released
on the Emeritus label. It features premiere recordings of works by Sy Brandon and
Dr. Robert Deemer, as well as several works by contemporary composers including Augusta
Read Thomas, and Daniel Pinkham.