College of Fine Arts and Design

Faculty

Rachel Eunmi Go Cho

Adjunct Professor of Piano

Pianist Rachel E. Go Cho (Maiden name: Eunmi Go) joined the piano faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music in the fall of 2015, teaching Class Piano. As a collaborative pianist at UCO, she also plays for the String and Vocal Arts divisions. She is also a freelance accompanist at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a pianist for the OSU Jazz Ensemble. Prior to her appointment at UCO, Mrs. Cho served on the faculties of New York University (NYU) and Houston Community College (HCC) : teaching Applied Piano, Class Piano as well as accompanying choir, voice and instrumental students at HCC.

In December 2007, she won the first prize at the NYU Steinhardt Piano Concerto Competition, and appeared as a soloist with the NYU Symphony Orchestra. She also performed at the Schumann festival and her Interstudio Showcase was broadcasted on NYU-TV. She was a pianist of the New Music Ensemble and performed Prepared Piano with Electronics.
 
Mrs. Cho had the honor of participating in Marc Durand’s master classes at Yamaha Artist Services in New York City. She also participated in master classes with many notable musicians such as Garrick Ohlsson, Dmitry Rachmanov, Jefferey Swann, Leslie Howard and Jerome Rose. She performed at summer festivals including the Julliard Music Festival, the International Keyboard Institute Festival, and the Seoul Chamber Music Festivals, where she performed as both a solo and collaborative pianist. In addition, she has performed numerous recitals in South Korea, Thailand, and the United States.
 
In addition to her classical endeavors, Mrs. Cho also performed as a fusion/crossover artist in her capacity as the pianist and artistic director of the music performance group TODA: experimental music group. She also started to play jazz piano under a legendary jazz pianist Don Friedman while she was a graduate student at NYU. She had the honor of playing with Richie Iacona, Bill Cunliffe and Bob Sheppard while she was a principal pianist of South Texas Jazz Band (Director: Dr. Woody Witt).
 
Mrs. Cho received her Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance from New York University (NYU) on scholarship, studying with Professor Eduardus Halim. During her graduate studies, she also served as an adjunct faculty member at NYU teaching music major and non-music major students.

Mrs. Cho served as one of three jurors for the OMTA's Junior Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma in October 2016.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?
I want my students to enjoy what they're doing and help them take their learning to the next step. As a teacher, satisfaction comes when students are working on things they're passionate about.

Who has most influenced you? Why?
It was such a blessing to be a student of professor Halim at NYU. He was the last pupil of a legendary pianist, Vladmir Horowitz. Professor Halim knew how to inspire me as a pianist. Sometimes he just played for me and I was inspired a lot by watching he playing. He encouraged me to go with my own styles rather than adopting someone else's.

What is something unexpected about you?
My son was born on May 29 which is our wedding anniversary! I love every moment as my husband’s wife and my son’s mom.

rcho

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BM Piano Performance,
Kyungwon University, South Korea

MM Piano Performance,
New York University                                                                                                                                 

TEACHING
Class Piano I

ACCOMPANYING
University Choir
Cantilena Women's Choir
Advanced Choral Techniques
French Diction
German Lieder