Jiyoun Chung is a pianist composer, originally from South Korea. Since she moved to the USA in 2008, her pieces have been performed at festivals and concerts in Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Outstanding musicians and groups including Ensemble Dal Niente, Invoke, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Columbia Chamber Choir, Locrian Chamber Players, New Opera West, Northside Brass Quintet, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, Catchfire Collective, Irene Novi, Jonathan Levin, April Kim, Mark Anderson, Ji Hee Kim, and many others have commissioned or performed Chung's pieces. And her piano works have been published by The F.J.H. Music Company Inc.

Chung currently teaches composition and music theory at Central Washington University. Before she joined CWU, she has taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, served as a CITS teaching fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and taught music theory and musicianship at Illinois State University as a graduate teaching assistant.

Chung received her B.M. in Composition from Hanyang University, and M.M. in Composition and Piano Performance from Illinois State University, and her D.M.A. in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Selected Festival, Concert, Competition

  • Selected for 2021 the 21st Century Guitar Conference
  • A finalist for the 2022 UAF National Composer Commissioning Program
  • A winner for New Opera West Animated Opera Short Call for Scores
  • A winner for The Albireo New Music Collective Call for Composers
  • Selected for the 2021 Canadian University Music Society(MusCan) Annual Conference at the University of Alberta, Canada
  • Selected for the 2021 Society of Composers Online National Conference
  • Selected for The 64th National Conference of The College Music Society, NY
  • The featured guest composer for the 69th Annual Symposium of Contemporary Music at Illinois Wesleyan University, IL
  • Selected for Transtraditional Istanbul Project: Transformations of Musical Creativity in the 21st Century, Turkey
  • Selected for the 2021 SPLICE Institute, MI
  • Selected for the Collaborative Composition Initiative
  • A Semi-Finalist of NYC Contemporary Music Symposium
  • Selected for the 12th Hot Air Music Festival at San Francisco Conservatory
  • Selected for the 33rd Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of The College Music Society
  • Repertoire Prize of the 2020-21 Musica Prospettiva International Call for Scores, Italy
  • Selected for the 4th Annual Research on Contemporary Composition Conference
  • A winner for the 54th Indiana State University Music Now Composition Contest
  • Selected for The 63rd National Conference of The College Music Society
  • The winner of 2020 The Mizzou New Music Initiative Missouri Composers Project Competition
  • Finalist in 2020 Darkwater Women in Music Composition Competition, NC
  • Selected for the 2019 The Locrian Chamber Players Call for Score, NY
  • American Composers Orchestra EarShot : Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, in Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Finalist in 2019 String Quartet Smackdown V in Austin, TX.
  • Selected for the 2019 Women in Music Festival, Columbia, MS.
  • Selected for HighScore Festival in Italy 2018 (Declined the opportunity)
  • Selected for the 2015 Singapore Asian Composers Festival
  • Selected for Aquila Summer Concert Series, 2015
  • Semi-Finalist in chamber music composition competition 2014, The American Prize
  • Finalist in PUBLIQ Access in 2014
  • Finalist in 2014 Birmingham New Music Festival, Birmingham Art Music Alliance
  • Selected for Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium 2014 (Declined the opportunity)
  • Selected for Red Note Festival, Illinois State University, 2014
  • Selected for Graduate Association of Music and Musician 2014, University of Texas-Austin
  • Honorable mention from Rebecca Sherburn Vocal Composition Competition 2013, UMKC
  • Selected for KLK NEW MUSIC. Orient/Occident 2013, Kief, Ukraine (Declined the opportunity)
  • Artist INC Live Summer 2013, Kansas City
  • Semi-Finalist in choral composition competition 2013, The American Prize

Teaching and Work Experience

  • Lecturer at Central Washington University 2021-Present
  • Adjunct Faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University 2020-2021
  • Composers in The Schools Teaching Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City 2012-2016
  • Instructor of Basic Musicianship(MUS107) at Illinois State University 2008-2010
  • Music theory tutor for undergraduate and graduate students at Illinois State University 2008-2010
  • Recording Assistant at Illinois State University 2008-2010
  • Editor for monthly music magazines, The Piano and The String & Bow 2005-2007


  • UMKC Women's Council Graduate Assistance Fund, 2019, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Barnett and Shirley Helzberg Award in Memory of Gladys Feld Helzberg, 2019
  • Inez Benson Award, 2019
  • Mrs. Helen Zurcher Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2016
  • Presidents and Past Presidents General Assembly of Greater Kansas City Award II, 2016
  • Genevieve G. Hail Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2014
  • UMKC Women's Council Graduate Assistance Fund, 2016, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Graduate School Travel Fund, 2016, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • UMKC Women's Council Graduate Assistance Fund, 2014, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Graduate School Travel Fund, 2014, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Graduate Assistantship with Tuition Waiver, 2008-2010, Illinois State University
  • Excellent Scholarships and Honor Scholarships, 2001-2004, Hanyang University
  • Graduated with Honors, 2005, President of Hanyang Unversity
  • Samsung Scholarship, 2002, Samsung

CD Recording


  • Rainbowbox Orchestra Performance Book, Yesol Publishing Company, Seoul, Nov. 30th 2012

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