Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko, a native Korean cellist, began piano at age 5 and won first prize at age 7 in the Young Artist Competition in Seoul, Korea. Ko earned her doctoral degree majoring in cello performance, minoring in orchestral conducting at Louisiana State University where she was teaching as an assistant of Professor Dennis Parker. She was the Associate Principle in Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and member of Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette. Ko has a special interest in the music of her home country and in transcribing it for her instrument. In addition she worked on interpretations of music written for other instruments on the cello. Since August 2008, Jee Yeoun Ko joined New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as an artist teacher and was appointed as chair of the classical instrumental department in May, 2009.