Discipline: Music Composition

Seung-Ah Oh

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell fellowships: 2003, 2009

Seung-Ah Oh is a native of Korea and an acclaimed composer who was described as "a name to remember" in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. Her music has been performed throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and transcends traditional boundaries. As critic Mirjam Zegers writes, "Oh connects East and West, vibrant motion and stillness, pure sound and ritual theatre, stratified structures and transparency." The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation at the Bellagio Center, the Goddard Lieberson Foundation through the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Barlow endowment for music composition, Oh is celebrated both in her home country and abroad. At the 3rd Seoul International Competition for Composers she received both first prize and the audience prize; in 2010 an international jury awarded her the Toonzetters Prize, given yearly for the best contemporary music composed in the Netherlands. Oh's background is as varied as her accolades. She began her studies at Korea's Ewha Women's University. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in the United States, at Brandeis University, before her studies led her to the Netherlands and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Until then, her music had been rooted in the contemporary Western tradition.


Irving Fine

Seung-Ah Oh worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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