Photo of Tony Cho
  • Opera/Vocal Coach
  • Musical Coordinator of Opera Productions


  • BM in piano performance, Oklahoma State University (1998)
  • MM in piano performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2000)
  • DMA in piano performance, University of Washington (2003)


Throughout his career, Tony Cho has worked as a coach, répétiteur, recitative and orchestral keyboardist, assistant conductor, and administrator at many organizations, including Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sarasota Opera, Tulsa Opera, and the Virginia Opera. His substantial résumé includes a repertoire of more than 60 operas, including the world premiere of Guo Wenjing’s Poet Li Bai, the American premieres of H.K. Gruber’s Gloria: A Pig’s Tale and K.A. Hartmann’s Wachsfigurenkabinett, and the West Coast premieres of Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cherry Town and Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot as part of the Los Angeles Ring Festival. In addition to his hands-on opera work, he has served as music director of Central City Opera’s Opera à la carte, Glimmerglass Opera’s American Young Artists Concert Tour, Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Opera Residency, Virginia Opera's Spectrum Resident Artists, and as program and music director of Sarasota Opera's Studio Artists. Recently he served as guest faculty at Central Conservatory in Beijing for the 2018 Opera Singing Talents Training Project, where he coached young professional singers preparing Puccini’s Turandot.

As a vocal and instrumental collaborative pianist, Cho has performed concerts in such notable venues as Weill Hall in New York City, Meany Hall in Seattle, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Honolulu Museum of Art, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, and many others in the United States and abroad. His performances have been featured live on KHPR in Honolulu and KVOD in Denver. He has performed at many festivals, including Chamber Music Quad Cities, El Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Pianístas, and the Italian Art Week Festival in Asunción, Paraguay.  He has also served as a faculty vocal and instrumental collaborative pianist at Chapman University and at Idyllwild Summer Arts.

Originally from South Korea, Cho earned a DMA in piano performance from the University of Washington; a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; and a bachelor’s degree with a minor in Spanish Literature from Oklahoma State University, where he has received many awards including Presser Scholarship and the 2017 Distinguished Music Alumnus Award. He has attended the Brevard Music Festival (’96, ’98) and Aspen Music Festival (’02,’03,’05,’06) as an opera coaching fellow. Cho’s primary teachers were Thomas Lanners, Frank Weinstock, Michael Chertock, and Craig Sheppard.

Prior to his arrival at Oberlin in 2015, Cho was principal coach at the University of Southern California’s Thornton Opera and vocal arts associate coach at the Juilliard School. He has also served on the faculties of many summer festivals, including the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Taos Opera Institute, and at SongFest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.


  • Violinist David Bowlin releases recording on New Focus

    October 11, 2019

    Oberlin Conservatory violin professor David Bowlin '00 has just released Bird as Prophet, on New Focus Recordings.  He collaborates with colleague and pianist Tony Cho, an opera and vocal coach in the conservatory, on the CD's title track by Martin Bresnick. The recording also features two works written by Oberlin alumni. Under a Tree, an Udātta by Du Yun '01 is a piece for fixed media and violin anchored on a recording of Vedic chanting. Bleu (2011), a composition for solo violin, is a mature work written by the late George Walker '41 for his violinist son Gregory when the composer was nearly 90. Avant Music News praises the release, "Over these centuries the nature of virtuosity has evolved, along with the techniques needed to achieve it. What a 21st century violin virtuoso sounds like is on display on David Bowlin’s Bird as Prophet."


Sing a New Song. And an Old One. And Repeat.

October 26, 2017
Associate Professor of Singing Timothy LeFebvre never strays far from the stage. Seven years into his life at the conservatory, he remains one of the most versatile and active faculty performers.