Breaking boundaries with music

Korean American lady faces camera with arms stretched out on fence

Minju Choi shares message of togetherness through new piano album.

“Music communicates what we are not able to verbally,” said Dr. Minju Choi, assistant professor of music at Missouri State University. “It’s the common language we all share.”

“I am Korean-American,” Choi said. “After growing up in two different cultures, I feel like I can fit in everywhere, but can’t quite belong anywhere. But different cultures don’t have to be a contradiction.”

The Juilliard-trained pianist’s first album of piano works, “Boundless,” was born from that idea. Choi wanted to embrace all cultures together, not separate.

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