Jungyoon Wie

Jungyoon Wie received an honorable mention in the International Sejong Music Composition Competition for her work, “Chung-sung-gok.”


Wooster’s Jungyoon Wie Wins Honorable Mention in International Composition Contest

Junior music composition major receives award for “Chung-sung-gok”

September 17, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Jungyoon Wie, a junior majoring in music composition at The College of Wooster, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2012 international Sejong Music Composition Competition. Wie’s award-winning entry, titled “Chung-sung-gok,” for piano, violin and cello, is based on a traditional Korean melody of the same name.

A resident of Seoul in the Republic of Korea, Wie composed “Chung-sung-gok” while at home this past summer with regular e-mail guidance and assistance from her advisor, Jack Gallagher, the Olive Williams Kettering Professor of Music at Wooster.

The contest required submitted works to contain elements of traditional Korean melodies, selected from a specified list, and that submissions strongly convey Korean themes. Wie composed a 51-page score, lasting nine minutes, for the competition. Submissions were judged by a distinguished international jury of professional composers and university professors.

Wie’s composition was one of five works internationally to receive an award in the competition, which was open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality. Among the five winners were faculty composers and doctoral candidates.

The award follows Wie’s successes of last spring, when her orchestral work “Flying in Winter” was selected for performance by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony to conclude its “Young and Emerging Composers” event at the Cleveland Music Settlement. In addition, her choral work “How Beautiful is Night” was chosen as the winner of the Wooster Chorus composition competition by Wooster Music faculty member Lisa Wong, director of the chorus, and performed numerous times during the Chorus’s 2012 Spring Tour and at Gault Recital Hall.

Gallagher described “Chung-sung-gok” as “a rigorous, evocative and boldly imaginative work in an advanced rhythmic and harmonic style making use of microtonal elements and characteristic ornamental gestures derived from the traditional Korean song on which it is based.”

According to Wie, the traditional song “is represented in the piece by melodic gestures, motives, and fragments drawn especially from the opening of the Korean song, with its distinctive intervals and ornamentation. Significant use also is made of a recurring lyrical, sustained pentatonic (five-note) element heard later in the traditional song, and the work grows out of contrasts based on the song's distinctive ornaments and long-held notes.”

Wie studies composition with Gallagher and piano with adjunct music faculty member Frank Huang at Wooster. She is a member of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and the Wooster Jazz Combo, and she also performed for two years with the Wooster Chorus. In 2011, she gave the first performance of her original work for piano, titled “Imagining the Silence,” at Gault Recital Hall. She plans to continue composition studies through graduate school and to teach at the college level.