Organist and Director of Music
Dr. Ji-Hyun Woo
I am Ji-Hyun Woo, Lecturer of Music Theory and Organ at the State University of New York at Fredonia. A native of Seoul, Korea, I earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University at Buffalo, where I also completed three Master’s degrees, in Music Theory, Composition, and Organ. Previous to arriving in the United States, I was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea.
My research is 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. Recently my proposal, “How do WWI composers speak of their patriotism through the lens of Christ’s suffering and resurrection?” was accepted in the 2018 AGO in Kansas City for continuing education Workshops.
As an active performer, I regularly performed recitals at the Western New York and at the First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk, New York. My recording “Aurora,” with clarinetist Dr. Andrew Siegel was released on the Emeritus label. It features premiere recordings of works by Sy Brandon, as well as several works by contemporary composers including Augusta Read Thomas, and Daniel Pinkham.
I came to USA 16 years ago with my two boys to achieve my American Dream. It was not an easy journey but the miracle happened for me. When I was in Korea I was not a devoted Christian and I did not even go to church. But here, my first job (now I would call it my first mission) was as pianist at the Korean Presbyterian Church in Clarence, NY. I was so happy and proud to serve as my boss was God.
I served there for five years and it gave me a chance to meet Christ. Then I came to Fredonia as a faculty at SUNY Fredonia and this gave me a chance to serve God at the First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk, NY.
It is a tremendous honor to be part of the Trinity family.