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Byong Won Lee

Byong Won Lee

Professor of Ethnomusicology



Education

1974 Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of Washington
1971 M.A. Ethnomusicology, University of Washington
1966 Korean Music Theory, Graduate School, Seoul National University (Attended one semester)
1964 B.A. Korean Music Theory, Seoul National University
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Professional Experience

1991-Present Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1982-1991 Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1982 Tenured and promoted to Associate Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1974-82 Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Fall 2007 Acting Director, Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Spring 2007 Visiting Professor, Chung Ang University and Korea University in Seoul.
1996-98 Visiting Professor, Academy of Korean Studies, Korea
1996-1997 Director, Office of International Cooperation, Academy of Korean Studies, Korea.
1996-1998 Commentator of the weekly ARIRANG-TV (English TV channel in Seoul) program “Sound and Motion,” introducing Korean performing arts.
1996-1998 Lecturer, the Innovative Design Lab of Samsung, Seoul.
1990 Senior Scholar, Integral Study of the Silk Road Maritime Route Expeditions sponsored by the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
1983-84 Visiting faculty, Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University
1983-84 Advisor to the Sammi Superstars Professional Baseball Team of Inch’on, Korea.
1976-Present Graduate faculty, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1974-Present Faculty of the Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
1980-81 Fulbright Lecturing and Research Fellow at Seoul Nat'l University
Summer 1975 Visiting faculty, Ewha Woman’s Univ. International Summer School.
1972-73 Fellow, Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship (U. S. Office of Education) for research in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.)
1973-74 Teaching Associate, University of Washington
Summer 1972 Visiting Assistant Professor, San Jose State University.
1969-73 Teaching Assistant, University of Washington
1967-69 Research Assistant, University of Washington
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Awards & Recognition

2013 Full page interview featured in the November 28 issue of the Chunbuk Ilbo (Chunbuk Daily News)
2011 Recipient of the JoongAhn Prize for Achievement in Arts and Humanities of the Dukwon Forest Foundation, Pusan, Korea. http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2011/10/26/byong-won-lee/
2007 Recipient of the Nangye Akhak Taesang (Nangye Award for Achievement in Korean Music Research).
1995 Recognized and honored as one of the eighty-five "Proud Koreans Abroad" by the Seoul Metropolitan Government at the 50th Anniversary of Korean Independence.
1993-95 Appointed to the Advisory Committee on Democratic and Peaceful Unification of Korea by the President of the Republic of Korea.
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Publications

Books
2007 Co-edited with Yongshik Lee. Music of Korea. Seoul: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.
2003 Co-authored with Steve Nelson. Buddhist Ritual Chant from Korea and Japan. New York: Japan Society.
1997 Styles and Esthetics in Korean Traditional Music. Seoul: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts of the Republic of Korea Ministry of Culture. With an accompanying compact disc.
1997 Co-authored with Yun Chaegon, Pak Sangch'on, Kim Unghwan and Pak Yongho. Analysis of the Operational System and the Programs of the State Performing Arts Troupes of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea). Seoul: Republic of Korea Ministry of Culture and Sports. (In Korean)
1987 Buddhist Music of Korea. Seoul: Korean National Commission for UNESCO.
Chapters in Book
2007 “Introduction,” in Music of Korea, edited by Byong Won Lee and Yong-Shik Lee. Seoul: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts. 1-3.
“History,” in Music of Korea, edited by Byong Won Lee and Yong-Shik Lee. Seoul: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts. 5-11.
“Religious Music: Buddhism,” in Music of Korea, edited by Byong Won Lee and Yong-Shik Lee. Seoul: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts. 145-157.
Dictionary Entry
2002 "Buddhist Music," The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 7 (East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea). New York: Routledge. 871-874.
2002 "Music - Korea", Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Levinson, David and Karen Christensen, editors. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Vol. 4:231-232.
1980 "Korea", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 6th edition. London: Macmillan. Vol. 10: 192-208.
Articles
2013 “The Change of Arirang Symbolism in the United States of America: A Brief Personal Perspective,” Arirang in Korean Culture and Beyond: Arirang from Diverse Perspectives, Edited by Sheen Dae-Cheol. Seongnam: Academy of Korean Studies. 249-256.
2012 “Korean Traditional Music: A bird’s-Eye Vie,” Rediscovering Traditional Korean Performing Arts. Co-edited by Haekyung Um and Hyonjoo Lee. Seoul: Korean Arts Management Service. 18-24.
2011 “Sound in Nature, Sound in Arts, Sound in Soen Meditation,” Dukwon Forest Research Journal. Pp. 45-48. A keynote speech presented at the award ceremony of the JoongAhn Prize for Achievement in Arts and Humanities.
2008 “Portrait of a Deceased Shaman: Ethical Issues in Ethnomusicological Fieldwork,” Proceedings of the International Conference of Korean Musicologists: Korean Music in World Context. Pusan: Pusan Branch of the National Gukak Center. 317-327.
2007 “Double-Sided Nature in Understanding Traditional Music: Suggestions for Developing Korean Music Textbook in English,” Hanguk munhwa yongu 13. Ewha Woman’s University Institute of Korean Culture. 263-278.
2005 “Musical Acculturation during the Colonial Period: a Global Perspective and Critical Assessment,” Tongyang Umak: Journal of the Asian Music Research Institute 27: 1-21.
2003 Buddhist Ritual Performing Arts of Korea, Buddhist Ritual Chant from Korea and Japan. New York: Japan Society. 4-11.
2002 "Buddhist Music," The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 7 (East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea). New York: Routledge. 871-874.
2000 "Western Staff Notation and Its Impact on Korean Musical Practice," The Changing Values of Music: In Search of New Creativity. Seoul: Korean National Commission for UNESCO. 89-102.
"The Current State of Research on Korean Music", Yearbook for Traditional Music 32. 143-149.
1999 "The Ornaments in Traditional Korean Music: Structure, Function and Semantics," Ssi-ol. Almanach 1998/99der Internationalen Isang Yun Gesellschaft e.V., Berlin: Internationale Isang Yun Gesellschaft e.V. 59-66.
1998 "The Characteristic Timbre in Korean Music as Reflected in the Adoption of the Chinese Yazheng and the Modification of Traditional Instruments," Essays in Musicology: An Offering in Celebration of Lee Hye-ku in his Ninetieth Birthday. Seoul: Yihyegu hagsulsang unyong wiwonhoe. 537-44.
1997 "Concept and Aesthetics in Traditional Music," Korean Cultural Heritage, Vol III Performing Arts). Seoul: Korea Foundation. 28-35.
1994 "Hanguk umak ui sahoejok t'ukching [Social Characteristics of Korean Traditional Music," International Journal of Korean Studies. 1: 110-119. (In Korean)
1993 "Contemporary Korean Musical Cultures," Korea Briefing, 1993. New York: Asia Society and Westview Press. 121-38.
1989 "Musical Traditions of Korean Peoples," Nihon no ongaku. Ajia no ongaku [Japanese Music. Asian Music]. Tokyo: Iwanami shoten. Special Volume I, 235-247. (In Japanese)
1988 "Musical Identity and Acculturation in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China," Papers of the 5th International Conference on Korean Studies II:3-25. Songnam: Academy of Korean Studies.
1985 "The Features of the Mahayana Buddhist Ritual Performing Arts of Korea," World of Music 27(2): 49-61.
1984 "Hanguk chont'ong umak ui minjok umakhakjok yongu: ku hyonhwang kwa munjejom [Problems in Ethnomusicological Research on Korean Traditional Music]," Hangukhak nonjip.5. Seoul: Hanyang University Center for Korean Studies. 321-329. (In Korean).
l983 "Micro- and Macro-Structure of Melody and Rhythm in Korean Buddhist Chant," Traditional Korean Music. Seoul: Korean Nat'l Commission for UNESCO. 152-160.
1981 "Concept, Practice and Repertoires of Traditional Improvisatory Music of Korea," Journal of Asian Music Research Institute 4:21-36.
"Korean Court Music and Dance," World of Music 23(l):35-49.
"La Musique d'Interpretation Traditionnelle de Coree, Concept, Pratique et Repertoire," Revue de Coree 13 (3):36-52.
"Hanguk pomp'ae hyongsiggul t'onghan kodaeumak hyongsiggui yongu [Study of the Ancient Musical Style through the Structure of Korean Buddhist Chant]," Hanguk kodaemunhwa wa inj pmunhwawa i kwangye. Songnam: Academy of Korean Studies. 487-501. (In Korean)
1980 "Introduction to Traditional Korean Dance," The Fifth Festival of Asian Arts. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Urban Council. 104-111.
1980 "Improvisation in Korean Music," Music Educators Journal 66(5):137-145.
1980 "Perspectives on the Problems of Ethnomusicological Research of Korean Music," Korea Journal 20(11):32-38.
1979 "Evolution of the Role and Status of Korean Professional Female Entertainers (Kisaeng)," World of Music 21(2):75-84.
1977 "Structural Formulae of Melodies in the Two Sacred Buddhist Chant Styles of Korea," Korean Studies 1: 111-196.
1971 "A Short History of Pomp'ae: Buddhist Ritual Chant of Korea," Journal of Korean Studies 1(2):109-121.
1966 Record notes for LP record Musique bouddhique de coree (Vogue LVLX-253), a collection of Musee de l'Homme.
1963 "Tongdong kwa chongup ui pigyo yongu [A Comparative Study of Tongdong and Chongup Songs," Umdae hakpo. 121-131. (In Korean)
Book Reviews
1981 Source Readings in Korean Music by Song Bang-song (Seoul: Korean Nat'l Commission for Unesco, l981) in Revue de Coree 13(3):92-93.
1978 Survey of Korean Arts: Traditional Music (Seoul: Korea National Academy of Arts, 1974) in Asian Music 9(2):59-64.
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Professional Service

June-July, 2003 Appointed to the coordinator and main lecturer of the month-long “Workshop on Korean Music for Overseas Musicologists” sponsored by the Korea Foundation and the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.
April, 2003 Speaker and the program booklet’s co-author of the Buddhist Rituals of Korea and Japan held in New York, hosted by the Japan Society.
November, 2002 Keynote speaker at the Second Kayagum Sanjo Festival and Conference held in Yongam, Korea.
Summer, 2001 Organizer and principle lecturer of the “Workshop on Korean Music for Overseas Musicologists,” the month-long session co-sponsored by the Korea Foundation and the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.
Feb 2001 Organized an international conference on Korean ethnomusicology “Research in Korean Music: Assessment and Prospects” held in Honolulu, supported by the Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Spring, 2000 Served as the tour leader and lecturer for the Korea Foundation-sponsored tour program presenting Korean Buddhist performing arts at the Univ. of Hawaii, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
1998 Music selection and liner notes for E. Tamura, L. Menton, N. Lush, F. Tsui and W. Cohen, China: Understanding Its Past. Honolulu: Curriculum Research & Development Group of the Univ. of Hawai'i and University of Hawai'i Press.
1998 Production advisor and musical producer for the CD-ROM entitled Korean Spirits in Design, produced by the Innovative Design of Samsung, Seoul, Korea.
Apr. 1997 Advisor for the cultural tour of India, China and Japan of for the trainees of the Innovative Design Institute of Samsung.
Nov. 1996 Advisor, ‘96 Seoul International P’iri Festival. Republic of Korea Ministry of Culture.
1983 Translation of the record note brochure for LP record Yongsan hoesang [The Vulture Peak Assembly], produced by the Songum Record (SEL-100 122), 45-50.
Asian Dance and Drama (Volume III: East Asia), a slide library developed by VRI and the Asia Society. Co-authored the Korean portion with Sun Ock Lee. Contributed 80 slides, the manuscript of the introduction section to Korean dance, and approximately half of the captions.
Secretary General of the 1st Pacific and Asia Council for Korean Studies held in Honolulu in July-August, 1992. Co-sponsored by he Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Academy of Korean Studies in Korea.
1982 Co-Director, Hawaii Ethnosummer ‘82 (Festival of Ethnic Music and Dance), InterArts Hawaii. Advisory Panelist, (Hawaii) State Foundation on Culture and Arts.
1980-81 Executive Secretary, the 26th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music, Seoul.
1980 Program Chairman, International Symposium on the Historical and Social Dimensions of the Performing Arts of Korea, Honolulu.
1976 Mask Dance-Drama of Korea, film strip with audio tape, commissioned by the Asia Society’s Performing Arts Program and the University of Hawaii College of Continuing Education and Community Services.
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Participation in Performance

October 12, 2013 Appearance at the Seoul National University College of Music Alumni Association Concert, Seoul, Korea
October 28, 2011 Appearance at the “Soo-Yeon Lyuh, haegeum” recital as the changgo accompanist. Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii Music Department.
October 26, 2011 Appearance at the “Sounding Ethnomusicology: A World Music Concert as the maracas player. Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii Music Department.
February 6, 2011 Appearance at “Korean Traditional Instrumental Music” as the changgo accompanist. Hawai’i Imin Interenational Conference Center, East-West Center.
October 27, 2008 Appearance at the “P’iri Recital of Kim Hoseok” as the taegum and changgo player. Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii Music Department
January 18, 1985 Appearance as the changgo player with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in its “Music on the Light Side (Korea: Her Artists and Her Music).”
September 1979 Accompanied on changgo (drum) at the “Kayagum [a Korean zither] Recital of Chae Suk Lee of Seoul National University, which was co-sponsored by the Univ. of Hawaii Music Dept. and the Center for Korean Studies.
November, 1978 Lecture-demonstration at the Asia House of the Asia Society, New York.
Mar. & Oct., 1976 Lecture-demonstration under the Hawaii’s Heritage Programs in Kauai, Maui and Molokai.
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Courses Taught at Universities

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Membership in Professional Organizations

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Title of Doctoral Dissertation

An Analytical Study of Sacred Buddhist Chant of Korea. University of Washington, 1974.

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Title of Master's Thesis

Hossori and Chissori of Pomp'ae: an Analysis of Two Major Styles of Korean Buddhist Ritual Chant. University of Washington, 1971.

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Papers Presented at Conference (Invited)

Dec 2011 “The Change of the “Arirang” Symbolism in the United States of America: a Brief Personal Perspective,” International Conference for Arirang hosted by the Academy of Korean Studies.
Feb 2010 “From Mnemonics to Staff Notation: The Change of the Post-1960 Musical Practice in South Korea.” Keynote speech at Redefining Korean Identity in Music: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, co-hosted by the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Center for East Asian Studies and the Academy of Korean Studies.
Nov 2008 “Portrait of a Deceased Shaman: Ethical Issues in Ethnomusicological Fieldwork,” International Conference in Korean Musicology, Pusan, Korea. Hosted by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.
Oct 2007 “Place and Status of Sanjo in World Music Context),” the 7th Kayagum Sanjo Festival in Yongam, Korea.
Sep 2005 Keynote speech “Musical Acculturation during the Colonial Period: a Global Perspective and Critical Assessment” presented at the Asian Music during the Colonial Period hosted by the Seoul National University Asian Music Research Institute.
Sep 2003 Panelist in “Teaching about Korean Culture Through Film,” Education Through Images: Korean Film in 2003 sponsored by the Center for Korean Studies of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Aug 2003 “Buddhist Ritual Music of Korea, Tibet and Japan: A Comparative Perspective,” 1st International Conference on Korean Classical Songs sponsored by the Seoul National University Asian Music Research Center, Seoul, Korea.
Nov 2002 “Musical Characteristics of the Andong Region’s Folksongs,” a conference entitled Andong and Its Culture sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Korean Studies of the Andong University and the Center for Korean Studies of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Oct 2000 “Western Staff Notation and Its Impact on Korean Musical Practice,” the 2nd International Symposium sponsored by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO.
Apr 2000 “The Sinawi Performance in the Kut: Universality and Idiosyncrasy in the Korean Shaman Ritual Music,” International Symposium on ‘Discovery of Shamanic Heritage,’ Budapest, Hungary.
Jun 1998 "The Status of the P'ansori in Relation to World Epic Songs," Keynote speech at the Conference on Korean Music sponsored by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Namwon, Korea.
Nov 1977 "The Ornaments in Traditional Korean Music: Structure, Function and Semantics," Internationale Isang Yun Gesellschaft e.V., Berlin, Germany.
Oct 1997 "Borrowing of the Foreign Music Terminologies on Korean Music,” Annual Meeting of the Korean Musicological Society, Yongdong, Korea.
Oct 1997 “Who is Shouting There? Voice As a Socio-Cultural Identity,” a keynote paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Contemporary Music, Seoul.
Jul 1996 "Politics and the Dual Musical Identity of Koreans in Japan," presented at the 3rd Pacific and Asia Conference on Korean Studies, Sydney, Australia.
Jun 1996 "Social Dimensions of the Traditional Performing Arts," presented at Seoul Sport Science Congress, hosted by the Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance.
Nov 1994 "Universality in Religious Musics," 1st Asia-Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology, Seoul, Korea.
Jul 1992 "Recurring Themes in Korean Culture: Music," UH Summer Institute on The Korean Tradition in Hawaii.
Feb 1990 "Essences of Korean Traditional Music," A keynote speaking at the 147th meeting of the Kansai Chapter of the Society for Research in Asiatic Music, University, Kobe, Japan.
Jun l985 "Delineation of Some of Unique Features of Traditional Korean Music: a Comparative Approach within the Context of East Asian Music," Symposium of the National Music Cultures and Intercultural Dependencies, Berlin, West Germany.
Nov l983 "Current Trends and Problems of Korean Ethnomusicology," the 7th Conference on Korean Studies, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
Jul l982 "Improvisation in Traditional Korean Music," Durham Oriental Music Festival, University of Durham, Durham, England.
May 1981 "Language and Music," International Folk Music Council Colloquium, Kolbzeg, Poland.
Feb 1981 "Does the Third World Exist in the Realm of the Traditional Performing Arts?" Symposium on the Unique and General Features of the Third World Dramas, Seoul, Korea.
Jan l980 "Problems of Ethnomusicological Research in Korean Music," Joint Conference on Academic Collaboration for the Study of Korean Cultures, Institute of Korean Culture, Yeongnam University, Kyongsan, Korea.
Jun l976 "Comparative Esthetics of East Asian Zither Music," First Far Eastern Artists Assembly, International Cultural Society of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
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Papers Presented at Conference (Contributed)

Nov 2012 “Politics of “Arirang”: Tripartite Function of a Korean Folksong in the Republic of Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the People’s Republic of China,” the 57th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, New Orleans.
Feb 2005 “The Change and Continuity of the Musical Timbre in Korea,” the 2nd World Congress of Korean Studies, Beijing.
Oct 2003 “From Nightingale to Crow: the Change of Vocal Timbre of the Contemporary Popular Song Singers in South Korea,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Miami.
Oct 1995 “A Preferred Timbre in Korean Music as Reflected in the Adoption of the Chinese Yazheng (Korean Ajaeng),” 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Los Angeles.
Jul 1994 “Characteristics of Korean Music as Reflected in the Adaptation and Modification of Musical Instruments,” 2nd Pacific and Asia International Conference on Korean Studies, Tokyo, Japan.
Jul 1991 "Musical Variance in Korean Buddhist Chant: Conformance to Socio-Economy," the 31st World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music, Hong Kong.
Nov 1988 "Theory and Practice of the Chuch'e [Self-Reliance] Ideology on Music in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)," Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Tempe, Arizona.
Aug 1988 "Similarities and Differences of Korean Music as Practiced in South Korea, North Korea and the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region of China," the Second International Seminar on Korean Studies, Peking University, China.
May 1988 "Musical Identity and Acculturation in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China: An Overview, the 5th International Conference on Korean Studies, Academy of Korean Studies, Korea.
May 1985 "The Influence and Adaptability of Chinese Music in Korea," the 5th International Conference on Sino-Korean Cultural Relations, Taipei, Taiwan.
Dec l981 "Trace of the Archaic Musical Styles Through Study of Korean Buddhist Chant," Conference on the Interrelationship between Korean Culture and the Neighboring Cultures. Academy of Korean Studies, Songnam, Korea.
Aug l981 "Processes of Composition and Improvisation, a Korean-Centric Viewpoint," the 26th Conference of the International Folk Music Council, Seoul, Korea.
Mar l980 "The Characteristic Structure of Melody and Rhythm in Korean Buddhist Chant," Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C.
Oct l978 "Evolution of the Role and Status of Korean Professional Female Entertainers (Kisaeng)," Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, St. Louis.
Aug l977 "Government Involvement in Music: the Case of the Republic of Korea from l96l to the Present," 24th Conference of the International Folk Music Council, Honolulu.
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Contact information

email
byong@hawaii.edu

telephone
(808) 956-7618

fax
(808) 956-9657