March 27-28, 2021 Location: Online
Sophia Ro is an active recitalist, chamber musician, clinician and passionate educator. Dr. Ro has enjoyed teaching violin students in various ages and levels at schools in Oklahoma City area, also giving classes as a clinician such at Oklahoma All State Orchestra, North Central Honor Orchestra, Arkansas All-State Orchestra, and Texas All State Orchestra. She currently serves as concertmaster for the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and a tenured member at Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She also has been performing chamber music on faculty recitals series such as Distinguished Artists Series OKCU, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, and performed as a featured soloist with Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Oklahoma City Symphonic Band, Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Pyung Taek Philharmonic in Korea.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Sophia began her career as a featured soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and the Korean Chamber Orchestra while she was at the Kae-Won Arts High School in Korea. In 1996 she studied with Hyo Kang at the Aspen Music Festival, after which she decided to continue her studies in the United States. In 1999 Sophia moved to New York City to study with Lucie Robert, Curtis Macomber, and Grigory Kalinovsky at the Manhattan School of Music, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance. She continued her music education at the Boston University with Yuri Mazurkevich. While completing her Master’s Degree and Performance Diploma in violin performance, Sophia was a scholarship recipient from the College of Fine Arts and performed numerous solo recitals, chamber music recitals, and premieres of contemporary works by composers in the Boston area. She continued her studies at the University of North Texas under the direction of Julia Bushkova and obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance. Dr. Ro has held Teaching Assistantship positions at the University of North Texas as a member of the Conductors’ Quartet and the Nova Quartet ensemble, where she premiered numerous contemporary works and was selected to be on a recent released CD by the composer Adriana Manas. Dr. Ro’s interest in Baroque music led her to pursue an Early Music minor degree at the University of North Texas. There she studied Baroque violin with Cynthia Roberts and actively performed in the UNT Collegium, chamber music recitals, master classes, and music festivals such as the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Boston Early Music Festival. While studying in Texas, Dr. Ro served as Guest Concertmaster and as Principal Second Violin with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra. She has also been an active recitalist and chamber musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as a regular member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Ro also held a private teaching studio, and many of her students participated in the All-State Orchestra at TMEA, GDYO and won local competitions.
Dr. Ro has been invited to give violin faculty recitals, clinics and master classes at schools such as San Francisco State University, Sacramento State University, the Booker T. Washington High School, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Summer String Camp at Fort Smith Public High Schools, the Kae-won Arts High School in Korea and Chiayi University in Taiwan. Her former students have been awarded scholarships for music programs in the US and are the leading music educators in the Oklahoma City area’s major high schools, middle schools as well as private studios.