This is a photo of faculty member Won Cho.Publicity BioAssociate Professor
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245 Hulsey Center
(205) 934-8781

Research and Teaching Interests:  Applied Voice, Opera, Art Song, Oratorio, Musical, Diction for Singers, Acting, Opera Directing, Solo Performance in Opera, Oratorio, Concerts, CD recording, and with orchestra, Research on Korean Folk Songs/Art Songs through CD recording, Lecture-Recital, Concert, and publication

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:
  • BM, Manhattan School of Music, Voice Performance
  • MM, Boston University, Voice Performance
  • DMA, The University of Memphis, Voice Performance with minor in Conducting

Korean-Canadian Bass Won Cho is in demand in both concert and operatic repertoire worldwide thanks to the unique range and beauty of his voice as well as his outstanding acting ability and strong stage presence, appearing with many of the opera houses and orchestras of the US, Canada, Europe, Mid East, Asia, and his native Korea. Critics hailed Cho’s performances as “expertly played whose deep tones vibrate the seats,” “one wished the score let him sing his overcoat aria twice,” “Won Cho steal(s) the show,” “deep resonant mellifluous sound," "he sang with a grave, classic beauty," “a particularly dark, melodic yet rafter-ringing bass that is worth the price of admission all by itself.”

As a voice teacher, he is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, voice teacher, and artist-faculty around the world. He has presented master classes, coaching, and lessons at universities and summer voice programs in China, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Luxembourg, and several cities in the US. In addition to winning prizes at prestigious voice/opera competitions, his former students have been accepted into the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Oberlin College, the Peabody Conservatory, and other prestigious institutions. He is also an accomplished opera director with over 30 operas and opera scenes under his directing and producing credit.

Applied Voice
Dictions for Singers
  • Visiting Research Professor: Yanbian University in China (2014-2017)
  • Artist Faculty:
    • Nei Stëmmen International Voice Institute (Luxembourg) – 2012 & 2011
    • Vianden International Music Festival (Luxembourg) – 2010
  • Master Class:
    • The China Conservatory of Music
    • Yanbian University (China)
    • Jilin College of the Arts (China)
    • Northeast Normal University (China)
    • Mahidol University (Thailand)
    • Phnom Penh International Institute of the Arts (Cambodia)
    • University of South Florida
    • University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Pi Kappa Lambda
    • American Guild of Musical Artists
    • National Association of Teachers of Singing
    • College Music Society
    • Artist Representation by Robert Lombardo Artist Management, Inc. (New York City)