Dr. Ara Koh has been a faculty member at UIW since 2013, teaching piano lessons, class piano, coordinating piano seminar and accompanying the Cardinal Chorale. Ara Koh, a native of Korea, received a doctoral degree in piano performance from Penn State University, a master’s degree in piano performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. Her teachers included Fang Fang Shi, Shun Lin Chou, Gabriel Chodos, Enrico Elisi and Steven Smith. She is an active performer, both as a soloist and accompanist, and has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Korea. Most recently she has appeared at the Gyeonggi Arts Center in Korea, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst" in Austria and Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin in Paris.Prior to teaching at UIW, she taught undergraduate Class Piano for both major and non-major students and Applied Lessons at Penn State University as a teaching assistant. While she was in schools, she won the Fine Art Scholarship as well as the University Concerto Competition, Aspen Festival Scholarship and PSU Graduate Exhibition Competition. She performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.1 with CSULB Orchestra. She was also invited to World Piano Pedagogy Festival in Las Vegas to perform Chopin's Ballade No.4. She has received the awards from The Music Teacher's Association of California for Solo Competition and Piano Ensemble Festival. Ara has formerly served as a staff accompanist at Cerritos College and Penn State Korean Catholic Church. She also has served as an accompanist in several competitions, including MTAC CM test, PMTA competition, MTNA competition and Phyllis Triolo competition. She currently serves as a staff accompanist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
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