Mina graduated from Berklee College of Music, 'Summa Cum Laude', in 2009, acquiring a degree in Film Scoring and Jazz Composition and had successful accomplishments academically and musically as well. While at Berklee, she had an interview with Yamaha Corporation for filming the Yamaha promotion video as Berklee's representative pianist. Mina was on the Dean's List every semester and was selected as a fine composer from Composition Department, and had one of her classical piano pieces performed by one of the finest pianist during Keysfest in March 2008. She received several awards from Berklee, including "The Technics Endowed Scholarship" and "The Piano Achievement Award" in 2007, "Department Achievement Award" from CWP department in 2008, "The Alf Clausen Award" from Film Scoring Department and "The Carla Bley Award" from Jazz Composition Department in 2009.
Mina has been playing extensively around Boston, Venezuela, Brazil, and Korea for Jazz Festivals and many other musical events. Professionally, she is composing and arranging for orchestras, big bands, small ensembles, and choirs, and performing with her band as well as working with many vocalists in Boston. She has worked with Rhiannon, David Thorne Scott, Donna McElroy, Mili Bermejo, Rebecca Perricone, Leo Blanco, Ivo Martins, Jetro da Silva, Jackson Schultz, Greg Hopkins, Ken Pullig, Allen LeVines, Lance Martin, Geoffrey Hicks, and many other significant musicians. She is also an active performer for Gospel music. Mina plays the piano, keys, and classical organ at the Somerville Community Baptist Church and at the Ebenezer Assembly of God as well as previously played in Park Street church and the New Fellowship Christian Ministries in Massachusetts. She annually participates as a primary pianist for the Community Gospel Choir concert in Boston. She has worked as a composer, arranger, and engineer for Blink Music and Editorial Assistant for Berklee Press, and worked with the musical and film director/actor Francine Pellegrino for arranging songs of her musical "Molasses Panty Town," and worked as an arranger for Brazilian composer Roy Tabua for his Brazilian CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) Production.
Recently, she signed a record deal with Blink Music, and had her first CD "Originality" released in 2010. Soon her album has been in Top 25 Nominees of Indie-Music Jazz Charts (the first place with the "Originality") and will be on air in Portuguese radio program by Ivo Martins, a director Guimarães Jazz Festival in Portugal.
Piano/Keys: Mina Cho
Drums: Mario Rodriguez
Bass: Sam J.C. Lee
Guitar: Shu Odamura
Sax: Andrew Halchak
The Rememberance (2004)
The Soulist (2007)
The Community Gospel Choir (2008)
Mina Cho Quartet (2008)
Mina Cho Quartet (2009)
Jazz Composition Cooperate Big Band (2009)
Mina Cho Big Band (2009)
The Community Gospel Choir (2009)
The Community Gospel Choir (2010)
Roy Tabua, "Father" (2010)
Roy Tabua, "Pilar" (2010)