School of Music
Ji Hyun Woo

School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151
Ji Hyun Woo

Ji Hyun Woo
Music Theory

Mason Hall 3168
716-673-3523 phone
716-673-3154 fax


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.

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