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Dr. Garrop has received numerous awards and grants including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s Harvey Gaul Composition Competition, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, two Barlow Endowment commissions, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s First Hearing Composition Competition, Omaha Symphony Guild’s International New Music Competition, San Francisco Song Festival’s Phyllis C. Wattis Prize for Song Competition, and the New England Philharmonic’s Call for Scores Competition. She has participated in reading session programs given by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra (the Composers Institute), and the Dale Warland Singers.
Theodore Presser Company publishes her chamber and orchestral works. Cedille Records, Innova, Equillibrium, Chicago a cappella Records, and Ravello Records have recorded her music on twelve CDs. Of particular note, Cedille Records released in February 2011 the first all-Garrop CD that includes String Quartet No. 3: GAIA, Silver Dagger, and In Eleanor’s Words.
Dr. Garrop was in residence with the Skaneateles Festival and the Volti Choral Institute for High School Singers in 2011, Albany Symphony Orchestra in 2009/10, and Chicago’s Music in the Loft chamber music series in 2004/05 and 2006/07. She has attended residences at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Oxford Summer Institute, Ragdale Colony, Round Top Music Festival, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Yaddo Colony.
Her works have been performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Erato Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Youth Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the Women’s Philharmonic; by the Cecilia, Chiara, Biava, Enso, and Artaria String Quartets; by the chamber ensembles Ambassador Duo, Anaphora Ensemble, Callisto Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, EARPLAY, Empyrean Ensemble, Helikon Ensemble, Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Lincoln Trio, New EAR, Orion Ensemble, Pilgrim Chamber Players, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Seattle New Music Ensemble, Society for New Music, Third Angle, mezzo-sopranos Buffy Baggott and Julia Bentley, and pianists Amy Briggs, Winston Choi, and Kuang-Hao Huang; and by the choirs Chicago A Cappella, C4, Grant Park Chorus, musica intima, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Princeton Singers, Santa Cruz Chamber Singers, University of Michigan Chamber Choir, and Volti. Her works have been choreographed by the a-ha! Dance Theatre of Kansas City, and conducted by Martín Benvenuto, Christopher Bell, Jerry Blackstone, Cliff Colnot, Karen Lynne Deal, Robert Geary, Apo Hsu, Paul Hostetter, Carlos Kalmar, Jonathan McPhee, David Alan Miller, Peter Oundjian, Donald Portnoy, Jeffrey Renshaw, Steven Sametz, James Setapen, Stephen Squires, and Victor Yampolsky.
Dr. Garrop earned degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (B.M.), the University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University - Bloomington (D.M.).
Dr. Choi, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, received several prestigious awards including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Robert Helps Prize, Aaron Copland Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, ASCAPLUS Awards, The First prize of ASCAP/SEAMUS Award, First Place for the Birmingham Arts Music Alliance Concert Exchange program, The Second prize at VI Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, Mention for Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, Honorary prize for the Musica Nova, Society of Electroacoustic Music of Czech Republic, Honorable Mention for the Luigi Russolo International Competition in Italy, Honorary mention in the Destellos Competition, Finalist of the Contest for the International Contemporary Music Contest "Citta' di Udine, Finalist for Concurso Internacional de Composicai eletroacoustica in Brazil among others.
Her compositions have been recognized by the Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, Australasian Computer Music Conference, Musica Contemporanea in Ecuador, Luigi Russolo International Electroacoustic Competition, Third Practice, International Computer Music Conference, Electroacoustic Musical Festival in Santiago de Chile, Spectrum Press, Merging Voices, Music Beyond Performance, Electronic Music Midwest, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Bourges, NODUS, College of Music Society, and MUSICA NOVA among others. Her music can be found at CIMESP (São Paulo, Brazil), SCI, EMS, ERM media, SEAMUS, Détonants Voyages (Studio Forum, France).
Her paper, “Spatial Relationship in Electro-Acoustic Music and Painting,” has been presented and published at the numerous conferences and the proceedings including the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network-5th International Conference Series, Musique concrète, 60 years later, INA-GRM (Paris) and University Paris-Sorbonne (Maison de la Recherche), Paris, France, the 2008 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL, and published by Common Ground, the publisher of Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society Volume 5, Issue 4. This paper was also accepted at the International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts in Athens, Athens, Greece. As a researcher she worked in the CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) as part of the Virtual Music Project where she developed real-time audio synthesis patch to respond to user/performer gestures.
Her interview with Theresa Sauer, musicologist (American Musicological Society) was published in the IAWM journal, vol. 13, no. 2 by the University of Nebraska Press. Her essay on notation, composition, performance and improvisation was published in Notation 21, an anthology of innovative musical notation. She had an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) regarding her piece, Gestural Trajectory, which won the Robert Helps Prize. She attended several artist-in-residences including the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska and the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in New York.
Dr. Choi received a B.S. in chemistry and science education at Ewha Woman’s University, and studied Korean literature in a master’s program at Seoul National University in South Korea. She received a M.M. in music composition at Georgia State University and a D.M.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She writes for chamber, electro-acoustic, interactive, and multi-media work. Her composition has also incorporated algorithmic compositional devices, geometric charts, visual art and analogues of musical elements with non-musical concepts.
She has also been active as a painter and visual artist, which has led her to experiment with integrating sound and image into a single artwork. Her multi-media exhibition was reviewed by Jenny Southlynn, saying, “The show is polished and elegant. The paintings mineral hues shimmer one beneath the other, as mesmerizing as a reflecting pool. The accompanying musical compositions play in perfect harmony with the works, completing the immersive meditative effect.