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Susan C. Ha
Adjunct Professor of
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Susan C. Ha has actively participated in public performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist throughout the United States. Solo performances have included concerto appearances with the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Tech, Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and twice with the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra. Other performance engagements being a solo and chamber artist include Ferrara Chamber Music Symposium, the Investiture of the 28th President of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Pianopalooza, Lavender Festival in California, Music and Meaning: Views from the 21st Century, Glendale Fine Music, Challenging Performances Concert Series, and Accent 12, among others. For several years, Dr. Ha had been a frequent performer of the University of Cincinnati’s Bearcat Festival honoring the anniversaries of Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Schumann, and American living composers. She has a special interest in performing the contemporary music, and her performances have been acclaimed by notable American composers including Claude Baker and Miguel Roig-Francoli.
She has been the prize winner of numerous competitions including the first-prizes from 2006-2007 Virginia Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition, 2006-2007 James Madison University Concerto/Aria Competition, 2004-2005 VMTA Concerto Competition, and 2004-2005 JMU Concerto/Aria Competition.
Dr. Ha is affiliated with musical organizations and have regularly participated in conferences. In 2012, she co-founded a growing concert series in the Southwest of Ohio, Glendale Fine Music, and served as the musical director. For the inaugural season of Glendale series, she had brought professionals from FL, IL, KY, NY, OH, and Canada. In the same year, Dr. Ha re-instated the Challenging Performances Series in Cincinnati for its 10th season. With her leadership as the artistic director of the CPS, the Young Artist Pre-Concert was established to offer debut opportunities to talented pianists in the greater Cincinnati area. As a writer, her articles have been published in the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Online Journal and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Proceedings.
She earned her MM in Piano Performance and DMA in Piano Performance with cognate areas in Music Theory and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying with Awadagin Pratt. She received her BM in Piano Performance with honors at James Madison University. Her other teachers include Eric Ruple and Hae-Won Min.
As an educator, Dr. Ha has an extensive teaching experience at the University of Cincinnati as a graduate teaching assistant at the College-Conservatory of Music and a part-time instructor for the Communiversity Program working closely with Michelle Conda. At the Lincoln University of PA, Dr. Ha instructs applied piano, class piano, and Introduction to Music. As a staff accompanist, she provides accompaniments for the Lincoln Concert Choir, opera workshops, departmental auditions, as well as student and faculty recitals.