Soo-Yon Choi, D.M.A.
B.M. Seoul National University, M.M. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, M.M. Florida State University, D.M.A. Florida State University
Soo-Yon Choi serves as an adjunct instructor of the Piano Preparatory Department and staff accompanist at Illinois Wesleyan University. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Ian Hobson. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University. She served as a senior instructor of the Group Piano Program at Florida State University. She taught applied and group piano for music and non-music majors for eight years at Florida State University. Additionally, she taught private and group piano at the beginning and intermediate levels in two public elementary schools in Tallahassee, Florida
Dr. Choi is active in performing the standard piano repertoire as well as expressing the emotive and deeper intellectual contents of the music she performs. Her treatise topic for the degree of Doctor of Music is “Korean Identity through Music for Western Instruments,” and she gave her doctoral lecture recital where she performed all piano works by Isang Yun and discussed the ways that contemporary Korean composers have incorporated aspects of Korean traditional music into their works. Her recent lecture recital has featured piano etudes by several composers from different period: Carl Czerny, Frederic Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Donald Waxman.