Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Dr. Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Caroline KyungA Ahn holds degrees from Yonsei University (BM in composition), Eastman School of Music (MM and MA in composition and pedagogy of theory) and Indiana University (DM in composition). Her compositions include orchestral, chamber, and theatrical works that have been widely performed in South Korea, the United States, Europe, and South America. She worked as a full-time adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014- 2015 and currently works as an Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Anderson University. She also serves as a chair for Opus Composition Festival and a chair of Commissioned Composer program at IMTA and also serves as a president of the non-profit community serving group Sound of Hope.
Caroline’s principal teachers include Richard Wernick (recipient of Pulitzer Prize), Claude Baker, David Dzubay, David Sven Sandstrom, PQ Phan, Don Freund, Robert Morris, David Liptak, and Allan Schiendler.
She has had master classes with Steven Stucky, Giles Swayne, and Stacy Garrup and is also an Artist in Residence for both The Classic Art and Thegenbals Society (musical group and agency) in Korea and recently relapsed an album entitled ‘Classical Ballad’ which is available on Amazon, iTunes and other streaming sites.
Winner of 2018 Christine Clark/ Theodore Front Prize of IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music), her achievements include being chosen in the Miami (FL) selection for New Music Days, as one of the five candidates to represent USA in the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music). She also received the Excellence in Composition prize for her piece “Sailing to the Deep Blue Sea” for Brass Ensemble at the IBCF (International Brass Chamber Music Festival, KY) and an honorable mention by IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music) for the Libby Larsen Prize for her piece “Midnight Wind” for Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber piece “Forgotten Times: 5 songs on Emily Dickenson’s Poems” earned her a performance selection for the SCI (Society of Composers, INC) national conference at Ball State University (IN). Her piece “7 Plagues” for string orchestra was commissioned by Kaeum String Orchestra performed in New York.
Learn more about her commissions and awards on her professional website.
Contact Dr. Ahn:
D.M., Indiana University
Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of Music