Youna Choi, born in Chicago and of Korean descent, grew up in an environment filled with music. Her parents are extensively involved with choral music—her father being a conductor, composer, arranger and vocalist as well as her mother being a conductor, vocalist and pianist—inspiring her to develop a love for the choral repertoire since an early age.
Ms. Choi is a singer and a pianist, having studied classical piano since age 4. As a clarinetist, Ms. Choi is an active solo and chamber performer and teaches a full private studio. Ms. Choi also was an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2007.
Ms. Choi received a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University, where she majored in both Music Performance and Music Education, studying under Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche and Wagner Campos. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University, studying under Steve Cohen. Ms. Choi is proud to serve as the Conductor of the Albany Park Neighborhood Choir.