Dr. Ju-Yong Ha:  Ethnomusicologist  & Composer


curriculum vitae

projects & compositions


Dr. Ju-Yong Ha has recently served as resident ethnomusicologist for the 
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea.

Recently directing the Sai Ensemble lead by Kyung-hwa You recently performed at the Lowell Folk Festival in Massachusetts

Korea 21: Music Here and Now - a series of concerts and lectures finished touring the New York City region and this year added Los Angeles and other Southern Californian locations.

Dr. Ju Yong Ha, composer and ethnomusicologist, has worked in both academia and professional performance venues. He has brought Korean and Asian traditional and contemporary music to the U.S. and has worked closely with the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) as a cultural attaché to artistic communities abroad.

Most recently, he directed a series of performances and lectures in New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles with many of the most prestigious Korean performing artists and ensembles including “Korea 21: Music Here & Now,” Tori Ensemble, Kang Eun Il and Haegum Plus, Sai Ensemble, Noreum Machi, Chae Su Jung and Akdang Iban, and the pansori singer, Oh Jung Hae.

Dr. Ha is also dedicated to scholarly work in music theory, especially the music of Mozart and Strauss, and in ethnomusicology, specializing in Korean music, and has published articles in the journals “Music and Culture,” and “Asian Music Research.”

He has been instrumental in creating the new journal, Perspectives on Korean Music, in which his own work on sanjo appears, and he edited and translated two English-language texts, Encounters with Korean Traditional Music 1 and 2, on gayageum and samulnori.

He is the director of the annual International New York Sanjo Festival and Symposium sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture. He has taught at City College, Baruch College, and has been a guest lecturer at festivals and colleges in the US and internationally. Dr. Ha received his doctorate in composition and ethnomusicology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with a ground-breaking dissertation study of pansori and gayageum sanjo. 

He has had many successful performances of his music.