Dr. Keum Hwa Cha is a violinist and violist who has given numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster in the United States and in South Korea. She has performed with maestros David Effron, Robert Shaw and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski; Chee-Yun, the Marcus Roberts Trio, Béla Fleck, Time for Three, the New West Symphony, the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, the Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and the Seoul Tutti Ensemble.
Dr. Cha taught at Idaho State University as an Assistant Professor of Music, and she was an instructor at Pepperdine University, and the University of Rochester. She has been working closely with public school music directors and youth orchestras, giving frequent clinics to K-12 schools and colleges. The students of Dr. Cha have won numerous prizes at a variety of competitions, including ISCS Young Artist Competition, Danny Marona Performing Arts Scholarship, All-State Honors Orchestra and MTAC's Certificate of Merits' Branch and State Honors. Her students have attended graduate schools as Teaching Assistants at Indiana University, Arizona State University, and the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Cha’s recent performing highlights include Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat, and Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from Eastman School of Music, Artist Certificate from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, and Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Cha currently teaches violin and viola at California Lutheran University and coaches chamber music at the JCM (Junior Chamber Music -the Conejo Valley/San Fernando Valley branch). She is a member of Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC Conejo Valley Branch), and she has been selected as a 2021 Certificate of Merit® Evaluator .
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
M.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Artist Certificate, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
B.M., Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music