Jung Choi, Oboe
Oboist Jung Choi, a native of South Korea, has quickly established a career of both performing and teaching. She was honorably mentioned twice as the finalist for the Gillet-Fox international oboe competition and started teaching and giving master classes at a collegiate level.
Having made her concerto debut in the age of 16, Choi has since appeared soloist with Seoul Yego Orchestra, SNU wind ensemble, Bucheon Youth Philharmonic, Seoul Youth Philharmonic, Seoul Chamber Orchestra and Eastman Philharmonia. She has also appeared internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician in Germany, France, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.
While she was working on her master's degree at the Eastman School of Music, Choi was appointed as the oboe/English horn player at the Binghamton Philharmonic. She taught at the Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyen College in Rochester, NY as well. Upon graduation from Eastman, she was appointed as the associate principal for the Korean Symphony Orchestra and gave up to 90 concerts annually. Choi also taught oboe at the prestigious Seoul National University, her alma mater.
As an avid chamber musician, she serves as a member of three woodwind quintets; Sunyul (base in South Korea), MSU faculty quintet and Springfield woodwind quintet. In the summer of 2020, she founded a double reed ensemble “Duel Duo” which is committed to promoting double reed music written by composers from underrepresented groups.
She was invited as the principal oboist to Daegwanryoung Music festival, Incheon and Arts festival and Malaysia Festival Orchestra.
She regularly appears as a lecture recitalist in national and international conferences including College Music Society conference.
Apart from classical music, Choi’s interest lies on other genres of music as well. She has recorded music for movies, musicals, and K-pop songs. She also performed the oboe on a Korean national television show collaborating with a poet.
Choi’s principal teachers include Richard Killmer, Yun Jung Lee, Myung Jin Lee, Soo Keum Kim and Jong Duk Kim. She currently serves as an assistant professor at Missouri State University and principal oboe of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. In fall 2021, she will start her new position as the assistant professor of oboe at the University of North Texas.
오보이스트 최정은 2019년 대한민국 오보에 연주자로서는 처음으로 미국 대학교 전임교수로 임용되었다 .
예원학교, 서울예고, 서울대학교를 거쳐 Eastman School of Music에서 수학한 그녀는 일찍이 연주와 학문 모두에서 두각을 나타내었다. 16 세에 서울 챔버 오케스트라와 데뷔한 이래Gillet-Fox International Oboe Competition에서 2회연속 특별상을 수상하였으며 서울 예고 오케스트라, 서울대 윈드 앙상블, 부천시 청소년 교향악단, 서울시 청소년 교향악단, Eastman Philharmonia와 협연하였다. 그녀는 또한 독일, 프랑스, 태국, 말레이시아, 싱가포르 및 일본에서 실내악 및 오케스트라 연주자로써 활약하였다. Eastman School of Music재학 당시 바로크 오보에를 부전공하였고 석사 학위를 시작함과 동시에 Binghamton Philharmonic에서 오보에 / 영어 혼 연주자로, Nazareth College와 Roberts Wesleyen College에 오보에 강사로 활동 하였으며 귀국 후엔 코리안 심포니 오케스트라 부수석주자, 서울 대학교 오보에 강사, 앙상블 The winds 오보에주자를 역임하였다.
현재 미주리 주립 대학의 조교수이자 스프링 필드 심포니 오케스트라 수석 오보에 연주자로 활발히 활동하고 있으며 2021 년 가을 University of North Texas 새로운 오보에 교수로 임용될 예정이다.