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Dr. JoAnn Koh-Baker

Professor of Music


School of Arts and Humanities


Professional Experience:

  • Professor of Music, Fall 2007-Present
  • Associate Professor of Music, Fall 2003-Spring 2007
  • Assistant Professor of Music, Fall 1999-Spring 2003

Professional Organizations:

  • Society for Music Theory
  • American Musicological Society
  • College Music Society
  • Society for Ethnomusicology
  • Music Teachers National Association


  • Piano Performance, Grand Piano Project, Faculty Collage Recital, MVNU, January 2017
  • Piano Lecture-Recital, Opening event of MVNU 2014-15 Lecture-Artist Series, October 2014
  • “Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21” Faculty Piano Recital (2 Pianos), Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio, September 2008.
  • “Integrating Analysis into Performance: Formal Principles and Hidden Program in Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21” Faculty Lecture-Recital (2 Pianos), School of Arts and Humanities Symposium, MVNU, September 2008.
  • Guest Artist Lecture-recital, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2008
  • Guest Artist Piano Recital (2 Pianos), School of the Arts, Singapore, July 2008
  • “Fluxus: Seeing is Not Believing” Performance-Art, Music and Art collaboration, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas, March 2007.
  • “In the Spirit of Fluxus” Music and Art collaborative performance, Art Works on Main Gallery, Mansfield, OH, April 2006.
  • “Edvard Grieg and the Hardanger Fiddle: Nationalistic Elements in his Piano Concerto” Guest artist Lecture-recital as part of the Lunchtime Recital Series at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, January 2005
  • Featured recitalist as part of the Sundays at Five Concerts 2004-2005 Season at Graves Recital Hall, Columbus, OH, November 2004
  • Featured Soloist (Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16) on the opening 39th Season 2004-2005 concert with Knox County Symphony, Mount Vernon, OH, October 2004
  • “Norwegian Folk Sonorities in Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto” Faculty Lecture-Recital. Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, OH, September 2004
  • “Chopin and Cowell: Integrating Analysis into Performance” Faculty Piano Lecture-Recital. Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon OH October 2002
  • “Indeterminacy, Fluxus” Faculty Piano Recital in Collaboration with Don Boyd, Artist. Mount Vernon Nazarene University, May 2002

Honors and Awards:

  • Jury member for state level piano competition, Buckeye Auditions, Ohio, 5/2014.
  • Summer Research Mini-Grant, Faculty Development Committee, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Graduate Scholarship and Assistantship, Graduate Scool of Arts and Sciences, Boston University, 1992-1998
  • Departmental Honor in Music History and Literature, Boston University, 1994
  • Academic Excellence, Dean’s List, School of Music, Ohio University, 1987-1988

Published Works and Presentations:

  • “Music as Protest: Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1960)” Paper presented at regional conference: Decolonizing music of the International Music Council of the Three Americas, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, October 2016.
  • “Integrating Analysis into Performance: Formal Principles and Hidden Program in Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21” Paper presented at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, January 2009
  • “Mirror of Tree, Mirror of Field”. Concert program annotation for the celebration series concert on the life and music of Toru Takemitsu as part of the 80th Anniversary Concert Season 2005-6 presented by the Library of Congress, D.C.
  • “Towards a Global Music: the “Universal Egg” and Toru Takemitsu’s November Steps (1967)”. Paper presented at the National Conference of the Society for
    Ethnomusicology, 1999.
  • “Temporal Proportions in Toru Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings (1957) and their relation to Some techniques of Film Music Composition.” Paper presented at the Symposium for Music of Japan Today III: Tradition and Innovation. Hamilton
    College, New York, 1997.



  • Ph.D. in Musicology (double concentration in Music History and Theory), Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (1998)
  • Masters in Music (Music Theory), Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (1991)
  • Masters in Music (Piano Performance-Pedagogy), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1989)
  • B.A. National University of Singapore, Singapore (1986)
  • Performer’s Diploma (LTCL),  Trinity College of Music, London, U.K. (1983)

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