Soon Cho

Assistant Professor of Music - Voice

Office Location:Mary Baker Russell Music Center - Room 335

Office Hours: Mon - Fri: By Appointment

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • D.M.A., Voice, cognate fields in vocal pedagogy and opera directing, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 2011
  • A.D., Opera, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 2005
  • M.M., Voice, Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, 2002
  • B.M/B.A., Voice, University of Washington, 1999


Applied voice lessons; French and German diction.


  • 2013, Songfest Mentor Program, Colburn Conservatory of School
  • 2012, Summer Faculty Institute, Baylor University
  • 2012, Teaching Grant, Baylor University
  • 2011, National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program


Deeply committed to education as an artist teacher, lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho joins the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in 2017, having previously taught at Texas State University and Baylor University.  She is also on the faculty at Cornish-American Song Institute in England, a three-week summer intensive study of art songs for singers, composers and pianists.

Praised by Opera News for her “potent presence” and hailed by Cincinnati Post as “regal in bearing, with vocal endowments to match… [where] tears were listener response to her heart-wrenching performance” as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Dr. Cho has performed recitals, concerts and operas in Belgium, China, Canada, France, Great Britain, South Korea and the United States. Other operatic roles include Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Costanza (L’Isola Disabitata), Mao’s 2nd Secretary (Nixon in China), Adalgisa (Norma), Mercedes (Carmen), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), L’Enfant (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Mother Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Vera Boronel (The Consul).

On the concert stage as a mezzo-soprano soloist, Dr. Cho has performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and O’ahu Chorale Society, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion with Vocal Arts Ensemble and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, A Salute to Opera with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Berlioz’s Les Nuit D’Eté with Opera Philharmonic of Bourgas in Bulgaria, and John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Other concert performances as a soloist include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Falla’s Three Cornered Hat, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Um Mitternacht, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Pettite Messe Solennel, Saint Saëns’s Messe, Verdi’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

An advocate of new music and a lover of chamber music, Dr. Cho has been privileged to work with living composers including Dominick DiOrio, Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, Michael Ippolito, Scott McAllister and Jake Heggie. As a recitalist, Dr. Cho has performed on the Les Arts George V Recital Series and Beaune International Festival in France, Royal Conservatory of Ghent and Ostend City Conservatory of Music in Belgium, Falmouth Recital Series in England, and throughout the United States.

Dr. Cho is an active clinician and adjudicator and has presented master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, Florida State University, Hawaii Pacific University, Houston Grand Opera High School Studio, Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium and the Schmidt Vocal Competitions annually to list a few. Her students’ achievements include acceptance into prestigious graduate school programs and finalist winners of competitions. Dr. Cho received the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), M.M. from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and B.A./B.M. from University of Washington.