Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world. Born in Seoul, Korea, Dr. Ahn holds degrees from Yonsei University, Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Her compositions include orchestral, chamber, and theatrical works that have been widely performed in South Korea, the United States, Europe, and South America. Dr. Ahn currently works as an assistant professor and artist in residence at Anderson University. She also serves as a chair for Opus Composition Festival, a chair of the Commissioned Composer program at IMTA, and as a president of the non-profit community serving group, Sound of Hope.
Winner of the 2018 Christine Clark/Theodore Front Prize of the IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music), her achievements include being chosen as a composer for ISCM New Music Days, receiving the Excellence in Composition prize at the IBCF (International Brass Chamber Music Festival, Ky.), and being a finalist for the Respighi Composition Competitions of the 2014 season. Caroline was also selected as one of the finalists of the Sioux Symphony Orchestra as ‘Composer of the Year’ in 2014. Caroline won the Donghak Civil War theme song competition in Korea in the same year. Commissions include the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Kaeum String Orchestra, ‘The 3Beats’ trio, Carmel City (Ind.) to write the opening and finale music of Carmel Festival (Ind.) in July 2012, the New York Classical Players, the Inspirare Trio, the IKTUS Percussion Quartet, the ISO Player group, the IMTA Commissioned Composer of the year of 2015, the Indiana State Contemporary Music Festival, the Cramped Spaces, the Mirus Trio, and many more.
Learn more about her commissions and awards on her professional website.
Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn
Artist in Residence
Assistant Professor of Music
DM, Indiana University
MM and MA, Eastman School of Music
BM Yonsei University