Joanne S. Na is a multi-cultural composer, originally from South Korea. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Composition at the University of Oregon, with the support of a Graduate Fellowship. She composes a various range of works from solo instrumental pieces, vocal music, chamber works, to orchestral scores. She endeavors to create music that evokes human emotions, experiences, and places, and to share positive energy and comfort through her music.
In 2020, she has been selected as a winner for 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 has also been selected as a finalist for the 68th BMI Student Composers Award (2020) and a semi-finalist for the Walter Hussey Composition Competition (2020), and her works have been 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, 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 Immanuel commissioned by the Tree of Righteousness Church in South Korea, a collaboration with the Delgani string trio, 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 currently studies composition with Robert Kyr and David Crumb. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon, she is a member of the Oregon Composers Forum, administrative coordinator of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and the assistant director of the Music Today Festival. She also teaches undergraduate composition courses as a Teaching Assistant.