sound design | composition | performance | pedagogy


Deanna Choi studied psychology and drama at Queen’s University. Ms. Choi is a classically-trained violinist, sound designer, and theatre artist, having won awards in violin performance at the provincial and national level. She studied violin most recently with Jonathan Crow (concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony). She has also presented her work in psychological research at national conferences and was a featured speaker at TEDxQueens in 2012. She is a founding member of the Badass Brahms Chamber Collective, a non-profit chamber music ensemble that seeks to make classical music accessible and relevant to new audiences. Ms. Choi’s primary interest is the intersection between music, theatre, and psychology, and how these storytelling links can be used clinically and as tools for social change. She also has a dance background and classical vocal training, and is currently branching out musically in rock, jazz, fusion, and interdisciplinary genres. 


Banff centre for the arts

'concert as theatre' winter music residency

theatre ontario 

professional theatre training program 

Royal conservatory of music

arct performer's diploma for violin, grade 8 piano, grade 8 voice

Stanford university

st. lawrence string quartet seminar

writers' workshop

canadian musical theatre writers' collective 

sound design

thomas ryder payne, richard feren, john gzowski, peter mcboyle, michael laird

NYO canada

2 national tours

musical stage company

rbc apprentice composer


chick reid, kim renders, grahame renyk, gregory wanless, valerie robertson, erika batdorf



ontario arts council

pauline mcgibbon award nominee

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kingston symphony

bonnie j. thomas memorial string award recipient


royal conservatory of music

national gold medal recipient


national science and engineering research council

undergraduate student research award recipient