Ji Hyun Woo
Mason Hall 3168
A native of Seoul, Korea, Dr. Ji Hyun Woo earned a PhD in Music Theory from the University at Buffalo, where she also completed three Master’s degrees, in Music Theory, Composition, and Organ. 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 most recent 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 most recent topic of research concerns improvisation and the development of chromatic harmony in the works of organist and composer Louis Vierne. As an active composer, her pieces have been performed in venues across Western New York and throughout Asia. Recently, her composition, Buffalo and Me (2002) was performed at the College Music Society International Conference in Seoul and Kyeong Ju, Korea (2011). 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.