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Gene Cho

Professor of Music Theory and Ethnomusicology

BS, Chung-Hsing University; MA, Bob Jones University; MCM, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, Northwestern University.

Dr. Cho was a member of the Charter Editorial Board of Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and is currently an editorial board member of Journal of Music in China (Los Angeles). He also serves as an External Examiner for Hong Kong Institute of Education. His publications include three monographs, three pedagogical manuals, a number of journal articles, a choral anthology, and several shorter composition-arrangements. Of particular note is his monograph The Discovery of Equal Temperament in China and Europe in the Sixteenth Century (Edwin Mellen Press, Spring 2003). His compositions and arrangements for voice, piano, ensemble, and orchestra have been performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His most recent commissioned original compositions include an incidental music for a stage play titled Confucius, and a musical setting of a literary tone poem, Abraham Lincoln: The Whole Heart, for orchestra, chorus, soli and narrators. His most recent monograph, Replica of the Ark of the Lost Convenant, fuses religion studies with Japanese cultural history for an insightful glimpse into the interplay of new and old traditions.


In Fall 2009, Professor Cho published the Chinese language version of The Scholarship and Contribution of Zhu Zaiyu in the Cultural History, East and West(Beijing, China: Central Conservatory Press, 2009). He is the co-author, with Laila Kteily-O'Sullivan, ofPassage to Musical Literacy: A Manual for Aural Skills(Kendall-Hunt, 2009).

His most recent publication is a book chapter, "Choral Music in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea" in the Cambridge Companion to Choral Music, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Cho has presented lectures, clinics and workshops in theory, conducting and composition in six countries outside the U.S. In addition, Dr. Cho teaches a sequence of courses in music and culture of China and Japan and directs field study programs to Asia. Most recently, he led an intensive study on the culture and music of the minority nationals in China's southern provinces. In spring 2011, his composition “Songs of A Winter Retreat” (a song cycle, for soprano/baritonee duet and piano) was entered (by the author of the lyrics) in the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition competition of the National Academy of Music, Colorado, USA; (affiliation in Greece), and was awarded a “Finalist” in the Advance Level category.

Dr. Cho is the faculty advisor to the College of Music's Asian Music Students Association (AMSA).