Dr. Sophia Ro
Adjunct Instructor of Violin
Office: BC A208
Dr. Sophia Ro joined the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University as an Adjunct Instructor of Violin in 2013. She is also a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Smith Symphony.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Dr. 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 Dr. 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. She continued her music education at the Boston University with Yuri Mazurkevich. While completing her Master’s Degree and Performance Diploma, Dr. Ro was a scholarship recipient from the College of Fine Arts and performed numerous solo recitals, chamber music recitals, and premieres of contemporary works by composers in the Boston area. Dr. Ro continued her studies at the University of North Texas under the direction of Julia Bushkova and obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance. 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 and was selected to be on a recent released CD by the composer Adriana Manas.
Her participation in summer music festivals includes the Aspen Music Festival, Aria Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Summit Music Festival. Dr. Ro’s interest in Baroque music led her to pursue an Early Music minor degree at the University of North Texas. There she studied Baroque violin with Cynthia Roberts and actively performed in the UNT Collegium, chamber music recitals, master classes, and music festivals such as the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Boston Early Music Festival.
While studying in Texas, Dr. 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. Dr. Ro also held a private teaching studio, and many of her students participated in the All-State Orchestra at TMEA, GDYO and won local competitions.
Dr. Ro has been invited to give master classes at schools such as the Booker-T Washington High School, the University of North Texas Summer String Program (internship), and the Kae-won Arts High School in Korea. She is an active chamber musician, performs regularly with the OCU Faculty String Quartet, and directs the violin ensemble “OCUsticks” at Oklahoma City University.