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Youngmi Ha

Music Adjunct Faculty

Youngmi Ha is a composer and educator who is on the faculty of the Music Theory and Composition Programs at NYU Steinhardt. Dr. Ha holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from NYU, where she graduated with honors and received both the Music Department Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Music Composition Award and a commission for a ceremonial composition from the Steinhardt School. Besides, she is the recipient of the 2000 NYU New Faculty Composition Award and the 1997 Roger Phelps Doctoral Research Scholar Award (research on Aaron Copland’s music). She explored the music of American composer Aaron Copland to find compositional and aesthetic ingredients making his music “American,” on her dissertation “A Study of Aaron Copland’s American Style in Rodeo (four dance episodes) in New York University.

As a composer, Dr. Ha has composition mentors included Byundong Beck (South Korea), as well as Dinu Ghezzo, Robert Sirota, and Justin Dello Joio at NYU. She also studied and completed the certificate programs in Music Business from CUNY Baruch College and Arts Administration(Performing Arts Administration) from NYU SPS.

Dr. Ha serves as Associate Director and Music Director of the interdisciplinary workshop IMPACT, which she helped to found in 2007. IMPACT (Interactive Multimedia Performing Arts Collaborative Technology) teaches participants from all interest/specialization areas to develop individual awareness and skills in using technology to enhance and extend artistic expression and value.

She also founded the NYU Youth Music Festival in 2015, an annual program promoting new music written for, and performed by, young musicians. The festival focuses on creative collaboration in composition, performance, recording, and musicianship.

Selected Publications

American Beauty: Simplicity in Aaron Copland’s Rodeo in the journal of the New Music Society 2006
Ph. D Dissertation: A study of Aaron Copland’s American Style in Rodeo(Four Dance Episodes), New York University 1999
Master’s Thesis, A Study of Guillaume de Machaut’s Motets, E-Wha Woman’s University 1989