Bio

Jiyoun Chung is a pianist composer, originally from South Korea. Since she moved to the USA in 2008, her pieces have been performed at festivals and concerts such as the 2020 The Mizzou New Music Initiative concert, 2020 Darkwater Women in Music Festival, 2020 USF Composition in Asia International Symposium and Festival, the 2019 American Composers Orchestra Earshot, the 2019 String Quartet Smackdown V, the 2019 Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women, the 2019 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, the 2019 College Music Society International Conference in Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges, Belgium, the 2015 Singapore Asian Composers Festival, the 2014 Graduate Association of Music and Musician at University of Texas-Austin and the 2014 Red Note Festival and many others.
Her pieces have been commissioned, performed or recorded by outstanding groups and musicians such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Invoke, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Chamber Choir, Locrian Chamber Players, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, Jonathan Levin, April Kim, John Koch, and many others.
She was the winner of 2020 Locrian Chamber Players Call for Scores, 2020 Missouri Composers Project Competition, 2015 Singapore Asian Composers Festival and a finalist in the 2020 Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Call for Score, 2020 Darkwater Women in Music Composition Competition, the 2019 String Quartet Smackdown V, the 2014 PUBLIQ Access Competition and the 2014 Birmingham New Music Festival, a semifinalist in The American Prize in 2013 and 2014, and she also received honorable mention in the Rebecca Sherburn Composition competition.

As a composer, originally from South Korea who favors Western musical languages as a medium for composition, it has always been her passion to create works that integrate her native culture in some way. Sometimes Chung combine both musical languages, and other times, as found in many of her recent compositions, Korean cultural influences serve as the inspiration for her works written in Western music style.
While the wealth of inspiration derives from Korean culture, other inspiration comes from other various musical portraits and genres such as classical concert music, contemporary, popular music, jazz, K-pop, and world music. As languages, structures, timbres, and vocabularies from diverse music have expanded her musical palette, her pieces show a broad spectrum of those diverse genres of music.
Chung has worked actively as an arranger with professional orchestras and choirs as well. In 2012, Yesol publishing company published her book of arrangement, Rainbowbox Orchestra Performance Book. Jiyoun Chung received her Bachelor in Composition from Hanyang University in South Korea. She earned her Master’s degree both in Composition and in Piano Performance from Illinois State University, studying with Carl Schimmel and Martha Horst. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and James Mobberley.

Selected Festival, Concert, Competition

  • The winner of 2020 The Mizzou New Music Initiative Missouri Composers Project Competition
  • Finalist in 2020 Darkwater Women in Music Composition Competition, NC
  • Selected for the 2019 The Locrian Chamber Players Call for Score, NY
  • American Composers Orchestra EarShot : Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, in Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Finalist in 2019 String Quartet Smackdown V in Austin, TX.
  • Selected for the 2019 Women in Music Festival, Columbia, MS.
  • Selected for HighScore Festival in Italy 2018 (Declined the opportunity)
  • Selected for the 2015 Singapore Asian Composers Festival
  • Selected for Aquila Summer Concert Series, 2015
  • Semi-Finalist in chamber music composition competition 2014, The American Prize
  • Finalist in PUBLIQ Access in 2014
  • Finalist in 2014 Birmingham New Music Festival, Birmingham Art Music Alliance
  • Selected for Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium 2014 (Declined the opportunity)
  • Selected for Red Note Festival, Illinois State University, 2014
  • Selected for Graduate Association of Music and Musician 2014, University of Texas-Austin
  • Honorable mention from Rebecca Sherburn Vocal Composition Competition 2013, UMKC
  • Selected for KLK NEW MUSIC. Orient/Occident 2013, Kief, Ukraine (Declined the opportunity)
  • Artist INC Live Summer 2013, Kansas City
  • Semi-Finalist in choral composition competition 2013, The American Prize

Teaching and Work Experience

  • Composers in The Schools Fellow at Ruskin Highschool, Sumner Highschool, Harmon High School, Smith Hale Middle School 2012-2016
  • Instructor of Basic Musicianship(MUS107) at Illinois State University 2008-2010
  • Music theory tutor for undergraduate and graduate students at Illinois State University 2008-2010
  • Recording Assistant at Illinois State University 2008-2010
  • Editor for monthly music magazines, The Piano and The String & Bow 2005-2007

Award/Grant

  • UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund, 2019, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Barnett and Shirley Helzberg Award in Memory of Gladys Feld Helzberg, 2019
  • Inez Benson Award, 2019
  • Mrs. Helen Zurcher Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2016
  • Presidents and Past Presidents General Assembly of Greater Kansas City Award II, 2016
  • Genevieve G. Hail Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2014
  • UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund, 2016, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Graduate School Travel Fund, 2016, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund, 2014, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Graduate School Travel Fund, 2014, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Graduate Assistantship with Tuition Waiver, 2008-2010, Illinois State University
  • Excellent Scholarships and Honor Scholarships, 2001-2004, Hanyang University
  • Graduated with Honors, 2005, President of Hanyang Unversity
  • Samsung Scholarship, 2002, Samsung

CD Recording

  • Korean Choral Selection, Ick Hyun Cho & Bucheon Civic Chorale, Korea, Released December 2015

Publication

  • Rainbowbox Orchestra Performance Book, Yesol Publishing Company, Seoul, Nov. 30th 2012

Music Software

  • Experience in Sibelius, Peak and Audacity

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