Music Department
Faculty & Staff
Sophia Ro
Adjunct Instructor of Violin

Office: BC A208
Phone: 208-5716
Sophia Misuk Ro was recently appointed Adjunct Instructor of Violin and is a member of the Faculty String Quartet at the Bass School of Music. She is also the newest member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Smith Symphony. Ms. Ro is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance at the University of North Texas under the direction of Julia Bushkova.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Ro began her career as a featured soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and the Korean Chamber Orchestra while she was at the Kae-Won Arts High School in Korea. In 1996 she studied with Hyo Kang at the Aspen Music Festival, after which she decided to continue her studies in the United States. In 1999 Ms. Ro moved to New York City to study with Lucie Robert, Curtis Macomber, and Grigory Kalinovsky at the Manhattan School of Music, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree. After completing her studies in New York, she continued her music education at the Boston University with Yuri Mazurkevich. While completing her Master’s Degree, Ms. Ro was a scholarship recipient from the College of Fine Arts and regularly performed solo recitals, chamber music recitals, and premieres of contemporary works by composers in the Boston area.

Her participation in summer music festivals includes the Aria Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Summit Music Festival. Ms. Ro’s interest in Baroque music led her to join the Early Music program at the University of North Texas and the UNT Collegium. While in this program, she studied with Cynthia Roberts and performed at various chamber music recitals, master classes, and music festivals such as the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Boston Early Music Festival.

She has held Teaching Assistantship positions at the University of North Texas as a member of the Conductors’ Quartet and the Nova Quartet ensemble, where she premiered numerous contemporary works. Ms. Ro has served as guest concertmaster and as Principal Second Violin with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra. She has also been an active recitalist and chamber musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as a regular member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra.