Kyong Mee Choi

Kyong Mee Choi

Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Education: Roosevelt University

Kyong Mee Choi, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, has received several prestigious awards during her career: the Robert Helps Prize, first prize of an ASCAP/SEAMUS commission, first place at the Birmingham Arts Music Alliance Concert Exchange program, second place at VI Concurso Internacional de Musica Electroacustica de Sao Paulo, an honorable mention at Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, an Honorary Prize for Musica Nova at Music of Czech Republic, Honorable Mention in the Luigi Russolo International Competition, selection as Finalist for CEMJKO Music in Brazil, among others.

Her compositions have been recognized by the Concurso International de Musica Electroacustica de Sao Paulo, Australasian Computer Music Conference, Musica Contemporanea in Ecuador, Luigi Russolo International Electroacoustic Competition, Third Practice, International Computer Music Conference, Electroacoustic Musical Festival in Santiago de Chile, Spectrum Press, Merging Voices, Music Beyond Performance, EMM, SEAMUS, Bourges, NODUS, CMS, and MUSICA NOVA among others. Her music can be found at CIMESP (Sao Paulo, Brazil), SCI, EMS, ERM media, SEAMUS, and Detonants Voyages (Studio Forum, France).

After earning a B.S. in chemistry and science education at Ewha Womans University, Kyong Mee Choi studied Korean literature in a master’s program at Seoul National University in South Korea.  She received a M.M. in music composition at Georgia State University and a D.M.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago where she teaches composition and electro-acoustic music.  She writes chamber, electro-acoustic, interactive, and multimedia works. 

She has also been active as a painter and visual artist, which have led her to experiment with integrating sound and image into a single artwork.  In her enthusiastic review of Ms. Choi’s recent multimedia exhibition, Jenny Southlynn observed that "The show is polished and elegant.  The paintings mineral hues shimmer one beneath the other, as mesmerizing as a reflecting pool.  The accompanying musical compositions play in perfect harmony with the works, completing the immersive meditative effect."

As a researcher she worked in the CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) as part of the Virtual Music Project where she developed a real-time audio synthesis patch to respond to user/performer gestures.  One of her research topics is the study of spatial relationships in painting and electro-acoustic music.

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