Dr. Yejee Choi, Interim Youth Chorus Director
Dr. Yejee Choi is the Director of Choral Studies at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where she directs Pacific Singers, University Chorus, and Oriana Womens Choir, as well as teaching Choral Conducting and Sight-Singing. Under the direction of Dr. Choi, the UOP Choral Ensembles witnessed an exciting growth and presented a diverse mixture of innovative and traditional concert programs.
Dr. Choi completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While at USC, she taught Choral Conducting I, USC Oriana Women's Choir, and served as the Assistant Conductor of USC Concert Choir. Her Master of Music degree is from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she served as Co-Director & Assistant Conductor of the University Singers, UM Women's Chorus, and UM Campus Singers. Choi received her bachelor of music degree from University of Wisconsin- River Falls, where she studied voice, piano, and organ.
Prior to her music education in the United States, she studied composition at the Korean National University of Art, one of the most prestigious music conservatories in Seoul, South Korea.
Dr. Choi has performed and conducted in various venues in South Korea, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, and across the United States. She has participated in the master classes and workshops led by Simon Halsey, Marin Alsop, and David Hill, as well as enjoying opportunities to perform under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, James Conlon, and Grant Gershon. Her teachers include J.W. Park, Kathy Salzman Romey, Lillian Tan, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Nick Strimple, Cristian Grases, Tram Sparks, Morten Lauridsen, and Adam Knight Gilbert.
Dr. Choi is the Co-Founder, Assistant Conductor, and Composer in Residence of J.W. Summer Festival Chorale, the semi-professional choir of 93 members in Seoul, South Korea. A compassionate advocate of community engagement through music, Dr. Choi is also the founding board member of the 'Music Belongs to Everyone!' series, a youth outreach program through choral music, affiliated with J.W. Chorale, South Korea. Recently, she held the similar position as the Choral Director of Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra & Choir in Los Angeles, where she was responsible for developing the curriculum and personnel of the 90-voice youth choir. A member of American Choral Directors Association and International Federation of Choral Music, Dr. Choi maintains an active career as a guest conductor and clinician.