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Composition By EFSC Music Professor Featured on New CD & Recital Set for Nov. 12

November 4, 2013 - A chamber music composition by Chan Ji Kim, an associate professor of music on Eastern Florida's Cocoa campus, is included on a Society of Composers, Inc. compilation CD.

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The CD entitled "NOVA," includes composers/faculty members from multiple colleges and universities throughout the country. The enhanced CD also features digital publication of the musical scores.

An online review of the piece composed by Dr. Kim by Daniel Coombs said, "I found '9 Years for clarinet, cello and piano' by Chan Ji Kim to be one of the highlights of this collection. Kim is from Korea and presently teaches theory and composition at Eastern Florida State College. Her music is lively and attractive and seems to also speak to the music and moods of her native culture. In this case, the title refers to her first teacher in America, Dr. Ron Mazurek, and the number of years she studied with him. The music is heartfelt, mournful and even a bit “angry” in places but this piece is a solid addition to what is already a very rich oeuvre for this trio combination."

The full review can be read by clicking here.

It goes on to say, "As in most of these contemporary compilation albums there is a huge diversity of styles but all the works seem very solid in their own way. I was most taken with the selections by Kim, Sternfeld-Dunn and Chan. I think there is certainly an audience for each of these pieces and, just like the Society of Composers, Inc., I believe all new music deserves to heard. Kudos to this organization and once again to Navona for making this available and in their continuously useful interactive CD format."

Chan Ji Kim composes for dance, chamber ensembles, orchestra, multimedia performances and electroacoustic music. Dr. Kim’s research and music areas of interest include collaboration between composer and choreographer, Korean folk music, and interactive electroacoustic composition. Her works have been performed in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Kim is a native of Korea, studied composition and theory at E-Wha Women's University in Korea (BA), film scoring and multimedia at New York University (MA), and electroacoustic music composition at University of Florida (Ph.D). She taught Music Theory, Orchestration and Music Technology at the University of Florida and has been a staff accompanist for the Dance Department of New York University and the University of Florida. She is a member of the board of directors of ICIA (International Composers and Interactive Artist) and Associate Professor of Music at Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa.

You can listen to an audio preview of the CD at this YouTube link. More information on the CD and how to purchase it is featured at

Eastern Florida students can listen to the CD for free through the Naxos online music library via Eastern Florida electronic resources.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 Dr. Kim will join with three other colleagues to present a composition recital called "Sound and Space: Dance, Images and Music" at 1:15 p.m. on the Simpkins Performing Arts Center's main stage. The recital features Kim's recent electroacoustic music compositions in collaboration with three EFSC Artists: Susan Smith Shepard (Dance instructor), Dr. Tammy Phillips (Flute instructor), and Phillip Atkins (Student of Digital Media/TV production who is also taking Kim's electronic music class).

The recital is free and open to the public.