Composer/pianist Moni (Jasmine) Guo joins CCM's Commercial Music Production faculty
A film composer who has scored more than 30 short films, Guo begins her CCM appointment in August
UC College-Conservatory of Music Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the addition of Moni (Jasmine) Guo to the college’s roster of distinguished performing and media arts faculty members. A classical pianist and contemporary composer who is currently focused on scoring for visual media arts, Guo's appointment as Assistant Professor of Commercial Music Production begins on Aug. 15, 2022.
Born in China, Guo began studying music at the age of three and pursued piano and composition studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Rice University. She is currently a PhD candidate at UCLA studying composition under Richard Danielpour, Peter Golub, Ian Krouse and Kay Rhie.
Her previous composition teachers include Samuel Adler, Shih-hui Chen, Jason Eckardt, Michael Hersch, Pierre Jalbert, Amy Kirsten and Cynthia Van Mannen. She has also had various master classes with great composers such as James Newton Howard, Steven Stucky, Shulamit Ran, George Lewis and Christopher Rouse.
Her pieces have been read/performed by renowned soloists such as Miranda Cuckson, Courtney Orlando, Michael Kannen, Sarah Thornblade, Michael Kaufman, Jonathan Sacdalan, Bella Hristova, David Kaplan, Jihye Chang, Kyung Wha Chu and Stefano Greco. Her work has also been presented by ensembles such as IIIZ+, Deviant Septet, Texas New Music Ensemble and Winsor Music. Furthermore, her orchestra piece Night Ghost was performed by the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Benjamin Manis) in 2019 and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra (conducted by Shun Yao) in 2020.
Guo is now a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Society, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Alliance for Women Film Composers. Over the years, she has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the 2021 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, the second place prize in the orchestra music division of the American Prize competition in 2020, the grand prize of the Texas New Music Ensemble student composition competition in 2018, the Joint Chinese College Alumni Association Scholarship in 2017, the Brown Fellowship from Rice University in 2016-17, the P. Bruce Blair Award in Composition and the Pauline Favin Memorial Award in Piano in 2016. She is also a finalist of the 2019 American Composers Orchestra Sarasota Orchestra Competition and the 2020 ASCAP Morton Gould Award. Her chamber piece Fallen Skin, Flying Wings has also been performed at the Hear Now Music Festival in Los Angeles. Her music has been performed in the US, Puerto Rico, Germany and Italy.
Currently focusing her study on scoring for visual media arts, Guo has scored more than 30 short films. Many of those films have won or been nominated for awards, including the Student Academy Awards of 2021. Guo currently serves as the assistant to film composer Sharon Farber, with whom she also helps with orchestration and music preparation. Films she has scored or orchestrated have been screened at film festivals such as the AFI Fest, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Sundance and Berlinale, among others.
"Jasmine Guo is an accomplished performer and composer who has utilized her classical training in a variety of multimedia productions. The students in CCM's Commercial Music Production program will benefit from her expertise and she will be a excellent addition to our faculty," said Romanstein. "I would like to thank the members of our search committee chaired by Kim Pensyl, which included Aaron Almashy, Scott Belck, Mara Helmuth and Aik Khai Pung."
Featured image at top: New CCM faculty member Moni (Jasmine) Guo.
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