Dr. Ming-Hui Kuo, Lecturer, Percussion
"We have a nice and safe learning environment at MSU. There are a lot
of performance opportunities on campus as well as national and
international. Student are often closely working with professors and
enjoy a quick response."
Kuo began to study percussion at the age of 14, after being introduced to the world of percussion by Su-Jin Hsu. After enrolling in Guo Guang Performing Arts High School, she started studies with Pei-Ching Wu, the principal of Ju Percussion Group (JPG) and continued through her graduation from Eternal Life Christ College in Taiwan. Kuo has also studied with Mr. Tzong-Ching Ju, the Founder and Artistic Director of JPG during the years in which Ms. Wu was pursuing her doctoral degree at West Virginia University. Kuo earned her Master of Music degree at Morehead state University in 2003. In 2012 she earned the Doctor of Music Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky as a student of Jim Campbell.
Kuo was an intern performing member of Ju Percussion Group from 1993 to 2002. During her time with JPG, she performed in over 500 concerts and 100 music related activities including the Annual seasonal concerts at Taiwan National Concert Hall, JPG Music Theatre – Dream • Wind Bell I in 1993, II in 1994, and Music Theatre – See the Sound in 2001, the Musical “Cyrano de Bergerac” with Godot Theatre Company, the Annual JPG Children’s Concert Tour from 1994 to 1997 and 2001, the Annual Lantern Festival host by Taipei City Government in 1995-1998 and Kaohsiung City Government in 2001-2002, Keelung International Modern Music Festival in 1997, Taipei-Seoul Exchange Concert in 1998, Taipei International Percussion Convention in 2002 and 2005. Her international performance with JPG includes China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Macao, Spain, Hungary, Australia, Canada and the United States. In 1999, Kuo was a co-founder of the Butterfly Percussion Quartet with Pei-Ching Wu. In 2011, Kuo is a co-founder of XPlorium Chamber Ensemble with Dr. Nathan Nabb. XPlorium Ensemble has been invited for performances at the 2011 WASBE Conference & 20th Chiayi City International Band Festival.
Kuo has been a featured soloist with MSU Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention2003, the Brazil concert tour with Morehead State University in 2003, and WVU Percussion Ensemble at Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre in 2004. In 2005, she premiered a solo marimba “Rippling Ruminations” by Renaldo Moya and Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble by David Gillingham in 2007 (featured marimba soloist and Consortium Premiere with MSU Symphony Band). She was invited as a marimba soloist for a Christmas outdoor concert with MSU piano faculty at Feng-Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan.
Ming-Hui Kuo also appears in many CD projects with JPG, the MSU Faculty Holiday CD, and Dr. William Mann’s Trombone album project.
In addition to teaching percussion at MSU, she has presented clinics, master classes, and concerts at various universities in the region and maintains an active performance and teaching schedule. Ming-hui proudly endorses of Vic Firth stick and mallets.