sound design | composition | performance | pedagogy


Deanna H. Choi is an award-winning violinist, sound designer, composer, and teacher. She graduated from Queen's University with honours in behavioural neuroscience and a theatre minor. She studied violin with Jonathan Crow (TSO), Tibor Vaghy (Vaghy String Quartet), Jerry Csaba (NAC), and Karen Kimmett. She has designed productions across Canada with companies including Soulpepper, Factory Theatre, the Blyth Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, and the Confederation Centre for the Arts, and assisted at the Stratford Festival and Ross Petty's annual Panto. She has also presented her work in psychological research at national conferences and was a featured speaker at TEDxQueens in 2012. Ms. Choi is a founding member of the Badass Brahms Chamber Collective, a non-profit ensemble that seeks to make chamber 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 lives in Toronto. 


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

writers' workshop

canadian musical theatre writers' collective 

sound design

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

Stanford university

st. lawrence string quartet seminar

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