Joanne S. Na is a multicultural composer who brings together the cultural traditions of the East and West through her music. Her output encompasses a diverse range of works including vocal music, instrumental solo and chamber works, and orchestral music. She endeavors to create music that evokes human emotions, experiences, and places, and to share positive energy and hope through her music.
In 2020, she received the 1st Seoul Grand Philharmonic Orchestra Next Generation Composer Award for her orchestral work Hide and Seek, and it was performed by SGPO at the Youngsan Art Hall, South Korea in June, 2020. She was a finalist for the 2021 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the 68th BMI Student Composers Award (2020), and a semi-finalist for the Walter Hussey Composition Competition (2020). Her works were selected for the Hwaum Project Academy Call for Scores (2019), and the Composers of Oregon Chamber Orchestra Call for Scores (2020). Her compositions have been performed by a Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, a Grammy-winning cellist Arlen Hlusko, soprano Arwen Myers, Delgani String Quartet, UO Saxophone Studio, Oregon Composers Forum, Split the Lark New Music Ensemble, Rutgers Undergraduate New Music Ensemble (RUNME), Helix! New Music Ensemble, Apostolí Ensemble, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, and Seoul Grand Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Current projects include a new organ piece commissioned by the Tree of Righteousness Church in South Korea, a collaboration with the Delgani string quartet, and the 2021 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.
She received summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where she studied with Scott Ordway, Charles Fussell, and Vadim Neselovskyi. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in composition at the University of Oregon, studying with Robert Kyr and David Crumb. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, she is a member of the Oregon Composers Forum and an administrative coordinator of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium and the Music Today Festival. She also teaches undergraduate composition courses as a teaching assistant. In the 2020-21 academic year, she was awarded the Composition Area's Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award.