DMUS & DESS (l’Université de Montréal), MMUS (New England Conservatory), BMUS (University of British Columbia)

Most recently having returned from singing at the South Korean Presidential House and greeted by the First Lady, Vancouver born soprano, Dr. Gina Oh was honored as one of the most influential Korean Women Of The World of 2008. Representing Canada, she stands out as a cultural ambassador through music and song. Gina now sits on the board for the Pacific Rim Initiative with Vancouver Opera co-producing a concert series showcasing and diversifying talent from the multi-cultures in Canada. She has been recognized for her good work by the Korean Consulate in Canada, Elite Canadian Politicians, the Canadian National Press and the Vancouver Music Communities.

Gina was a member of the Vancouver Opera OIS Touring Ensemble where she débuted the world premiere of the role Obasan in the newly commissioned opera based on Joy Kogawa’s book, Naomi’s Road. Performing the role 170 times, she received the Joe Boxer Memorial Award with a career development scholarship as most promising artist from Vancouver Opera.

Gina completed her doctoral studies at l’Université de Montréal where she succeeded her studies in French and was recognized there with the Cedric Ferguson Award. She holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston where she engaged a successful Jordan Hall début with the NEC Chamber Orchestra and she also earned a valued Bachelor’s degree from her hometown at the University Of British Columbia, Canada. Alongside her studies, Gina has been recognized as a finalist for the CMC and NATS competitions. Operatic performances include Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Helena from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mère Marie from Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites and Dorothée from Massenet’s Cendrillon. Other principal roles include Mrs. Nolan from Menotti’s Medium, Mathurine from Gluck’s L’Ivrogne Corrigé and Arminda from Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.

Gina was a finalist for the Vancouver Star Search produced by the Mount Saint Joseph Foundation, performing in the Pacific National Exposition, broadcast by the Rogers Network. As well, Gina was a quarter-finalist on Bravo’s reality TV show called Bathroom Divas produced by Kaleidoscope. Her personal story has been televised and released on BCTV, TVKOREA and the Multicultural Network.

Gina shares her valuable time pursuing a high level of music outreach by way of teaching and performing. Last year, Gina was a Professor of Voice at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, Potsdam where she held a private studio, taught class voice and lectured on breathing practices, vocal health and nutrition. She is a breathing awareness specialist for singers and has also recently been trained as a CanFitPro Nutrition & Wellness Specialist continuing the learning’s of physical health and well-being to a singer’s performance.  She now teaches at Caulfield School of Dance and assists the Opera program at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Gina’s upcoming projects include producing “Voices of the Pacific Rim” with Vancouver Opera, co-producing Two Divas are Better than One and continuing her music outreach in diverse communities.