Biography

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Music Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (ABD)
Ph.D. Composition, University of North Texas (Theory minor)
MA, Composition, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Theory)
B.M. Composition, DanKook University, South Korea (Theory minor)
Additional study, Conducting, Westminster College, Princeton, NJ

Korean-born Da Jeong Choi began composing at the age of 15. Choi’s works have been performed and broadcasted throughout the world (USA, Canada, Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand) including at the International Computer Music Conference, the International Conference of the College Music Society, the Aspen Music Festival, the 19th Sydney Biennale, Society of Composers, Inc., the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Review of Composers, the Echoes of Space, Rarescale: New music for alto and bass flute, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the Kentucky New Music Festival, the Society of Music Research, CFAMC Biennial Conference, the Pan Music Festival (ISCM), the Seoul Music Festival, the Pusan Contemporary Music Festival, the Sung Nam Choir Festival, and the 14th Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation Art Song Festival for Young Composers (TV Channel 13, MBC, South Korea).

Choi's orchestral work, "From Dawn to Sunset" was premiered by Asociación Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga (JOPMA) to celebrate the International Women’s Day viewed via TV Broadcasting channel canal sur in Málaga (España), Spain 2012. One of Choi’s percussion works, Explorations of a Drum for Snare Drum Solo is on the suggested performance lists for the PAS International Competition (2011) in Italy. Furthermore, Choi received various awards including the first prize from the Joong Ang Competition, the Gold Prize from MunHwa Broadcasting Corporation Composition Contest for Young Composers, the second prize from Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, the second prize from the Con/un/drum Solo Percussion Composition Competition, etc.

Moreover, Choi’s another artistic outlet is composition series titled Cantus Curatio (Healing Melody in Latin) for solo instrument. These solo works utilize a variety of contemporary creative practices with each work dedicated to the victims of a different disease. Choi has broad experience teaching music appreciation, music theory, composition, instrumentation, and piano performance at the collegiate (graduate & undergraduate) levels including tutoring and collaborating as adjunct faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX since 2012. Choi also has been a full-time teaching fellow in the Division of Composition Studies from 2006-2010 and a teaching assistant in the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology from 2008-2010 at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX USA. Choi holds degrees in composition from UNT (Ph.D) and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (M.A). Her teachers have included Cindy Mc Tee, Joseph Klein, Jon Nelson, Gerald Chenoweth, and Jung Sun Park.