Joanne Na

JCRMP Composer

Joanne Na


Joanne S. Na is a Korean-American composer, based in Vancouver. She creates music that reflects her diverse cultural background and that evokes human emotions, personal experiences, and memorable places. Her output encompasses a diverse range of works including music for instrumental solo, voice, chamber ensemble, and orchestra.

Her compositions have been featured in the LunART Festival (2024), Vancouver Pro Musica’s Sonic Boom Festival (2024), West Coast Student Composers Symposium (2024), University of Michigan's Annual Organ Conference (2023), Pacific Chamber Orchestra's Dream American Workshop (2022), and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (2021), among others. She has won several awards including the Ann Southam Prize from the Canadian Music Centre, Mount Holyoke College’s Pioneering Voices Choral Series Composition Competition, the National Association for Music Education Student Composers Competition, the Seoul Grand Philharmonic Orchestra Composers Award, and Hwaum Project Academy’s Call for Scores.

She has collaborated with Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, soprano Arwen Myers, cellist Arlen Hlusko, clarinetist Wonkak Kim and pianist Eunhye Grace Choi, 4X5 Piano Duo, Noyo Consort, LunART Festival Ensemble, Delgani String Quartet, Kenari Quartet, Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet, UBC Contemporary Players Ensemble, Helix! New Music Ensemble, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Grand Philharmonic Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate at the University of British Columbia with the support of a Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship, studying with Dorothy Chang. She earned her degrees at Rutgers University and the University of Oregon, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award.