About Us

Mission Statement

Chamber Music Connect exists to create community among chamber music enthusiasts in Orange County. Participants are matched into small chamber groups that rehearse together, receive professional coaching, and perform together for masterclasses and concerts. CMC provides the opportunity for meaningful musical collaborations among chamber musicians in a congenial environment. 

What We Do

After receiving applications, the CMC committee will place applicants into small chamber groups. The committee will oversee repertoire selections and will support members as they rehearse and prepare for successful concert performances. CMC provides the venue and publicity for an end of season concert where all chamber groups will perform.

What You Do

Join the community by completing the online registration form and by submitting a brief recording. Attend first meeting in November to connect with your chamber group. Perform in an optional Christmas season concert with your group. Meet at least 8 times during the spring semester to rehearse with your group including 2 coaching sessions. Attend or optionally perform in a professional masterclass. Perform in the final concert in May with other chamber music groups.

 

Staff

Dr. Hyunjoo Choi, Chair

 

Dr. Hyunjoo Choi received her M.M. and D.M.A degree in piano performance from Michigan State University under Yong Hi Moon. While completing her D.M.A. degree, Dr. Choi was the recipient of a scholarship while working as staff accompanist at the same school. Since relocating to California, she has served as a staff accompanist at Hope International University and Saddleback College. She has performed and studied in worldwide music festivals such as the Millennium Keyboard Festival in Spain, The Banff Keyboard Festival, The Orford Music Festival in Canada, and The Chautauqua institute Summer Festival in New York. As a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Choi has performed in many recitals in Michigan and throughout Southern California.  She currently teaches applied piano, group piano, and piano ensemble at Concordia University Irvine.

Jenny Oh, Committee

 

Jenny Hyunseung Oh, cellist, has established her career as a soloist, chamber musician and instructor. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University, and she earned a
Master degree from Peabody Conservatory. She also received her Graduate Certificate in Music
Performance at the University of Southern California.

Mihee Park, Committee

 

Mihee Park earned her B.M. from Seoul National University, and her M.M. from New England Conservatory in Boston.

Dr. Susan Boettger, Founder

 

Dr. Susan Boettger is the founder and executive director of the Junior Chamber Music program, the parent organization for Chamber Music Connect. Through her leadership, JCM has received recognition from the New York Concert Review for its performance at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and has performed on KUSC's Sundays Live. Dr. Boettger is also the Director of the Keyboard Department at Irvine Valley College and the Artistic Director of the IVC Keyboard Series. She received her DMA in piano performance at USC, minoring in business and music education. She received her MM from Juilliard and her BM (piano) and BA (mathematics) from Rice University.

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