In-Hong Cha, D.M.A.
Associate Professor, Violin
Director of Orchestral Studies
University Symphony Orchestra, conductor
M244 Creative Arts Center
Dr. In-Hong Cha, known as the ‘Maestro in a Wheelchair’ and a violinist of delicate and refined musicality, teaches applied violin and serves as an Associate Professor of Music, director of orchestral studies, conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, coordinator of strings and leader of the Faculty String Quartet at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
He was invited as a student to study under the La Salle String Quartet at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. From there, he earned an Artist Diploma in string performance and a Master of Arts degree in violin performance from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. During his stay in Korea from 1991-1996, he was the concertmaster of the Daejeon City Symphony Orchestra and was also teaching at universities and leading the Amabile Chamber Orchestra as director and conductor. In 1997, he returned to the United States to study orchestral conducting at the University of South Carolina. After achieving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting, Dr. Cha joined the music faculty at Wright State University in 2000.
As a soloist, he has traveled throughout the United States and the rest of the world in such places as Korea, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Brazil. As the first violinist of the Bethesda String Quartet, he has also toured extensively in Korea and the United States. The Quartet has performed at the celebration of the Centennial Korean American Immigration in Korea and in the United States.
As an orchestra conductor, Dr. Cha has conducted numerous orchestras such as the New York Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra, the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra, the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, the Amabile Chamber Orchestra, the Kuri Symphony Orchestra and the Yedang Orchestra. He was also invited to the FESPIC (Far Eastern South Pacific Game for the Disabled) as a guest conductor for the Busan Symphony Orchestra, in celebration of the 2002 FESPIC Games. Recently, Dr. Cha was a guest conductor for the Kangnam Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, Korea. In June 2006, he appeared again as a guest conductor for the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia during their “White Night Festival” and the performance was recorded on CD and it has been released by Sony/BMG, Seoul in March 2007.
In the summer of 2006, Dr. Cha completed a gospel music concert tour with Ms. Lena Maria, the world famous Swedish gospel singer. The KBS and SBS TV, Korea produced a documentary drama on his life called ‘Human Victory’ and it was telecast throughout the country. His autobiography, ‘Beautiful Man and Beautiful Success’, was published in Korea and it became a best seller. His appearance at the Crystal Cathedral Church with Dr. Robert Schuler was broadcast all around the world.
Dr. Cha still holds the record of wheelchair track and field, and marathon in Korea. He is a gold medalist from the Asian Games for the Disabled in Japan and 2008 Ohio Wheelchair Game in Wheelchair Slalom. The President Award of the most distinguished Korean in foreign country was given to him in 2006. He plays a Joseph Gagliano violin made in Naples, Italy in 1769.