HyoWon Woo & Dr. MeeAe Nam
Interest Session 6
1/26/24 | 11:15am-12:15pm
Presenting the ARI project and Hyowon's Music
Explore the music of Korean composer Hyowon Woo and the the genesis of the ARI Project with the two collaborators behind this interdisciplinary, dramatic production. Learn about Woo’s approach to combining Korean and Western musical traditions from the composer herself, and explore the storytelling vision of ARI with voice teacher and artistic founder of the ARI Project, Dr. MeeAe Nam. In addition to Hyowon Woo’s music, attendees will learn about Korean performance traditions, vocal approaches, and be inspired by Woo and Nam’s model of creative, interdisciplinary collaboration.
Hyowon Woo, ARI Project composer, has emerged as a formidable compositional voice blending traditional Korean musical elements with Western musical techniques. Ms. Woo has been composer-in-residence with the Seoul Ladies' Singers since 1996 and with the Incheon City Chorale, led by the world-renowned Hak-won Yoon, from 1999-2014. Ms. Woo's works have been featured at National ACDA conferences, at the IFCM choral symposium. Ms. Woo previously taught at the Seoul Theological Seminary and Hansei University, and is currently on faculty at the Chorus Center Academy in Seoul. Recent notable works include symphonic works commissioned by the Korean Ministry of Culture and premiered by the Korean National Chorus. Her music is published by Walton and the Seoul Chorus Center in South Korea.
ARI Project Founder and Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University, has established a highly respected performance career at the national and international levels. Known for her musical versatility, sensitivity, and genuine interpretation (the Denver Post), she has appeared as a soloist in major cathedrals and concert halls throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, and South Korea. With her versatile performance experience and creative program offerings, she has undertaken several projects focusing on audience-centered performance and diverse cultural inclusion. As an artistic director, Dr. Nam has recently co-founded the Ari project with Hyowon Woo, composer, to birth a new choral stage work and unique performance platform introducing the history, spirit, and culture of South Korea.