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Young-Jo Lee President of the Jury (Korea)
Anton혻Armstrong,혻Tosdal혻Professor혻of혻Music혻at혻St.혻Olaf혻College,혻became혻the혻fourth혻conductor혻of혻the혻St.혻Olaf혻Choir혻in혻1990.혻Dr.혻Armstrong혻also혻serves혻as혻Artistic혻Director혻of혻the혻St.혻Olaf혻Christmas혻Festival혻which혻features혻nearly혻600혻student혻musicians혻who혻are혻members혻of혻five혻St.혻Olaf혻Choral혻ensembles혻and혻the혻St.혻Olaf혻Orchestra.혻He혻is혻a혻graduate혻of혻St.혻Olaf혻College혻and혻earned혻advanced혻degrees혻at혻the혻University혻of혻Illinois혻(MM)혻and혻Michigan혻State혻University혻(DMA).혻He혻is혻editor혻of혻a혻multicultural혻choral혻series혻for혻Earthsongs혻Publications혻and혻co-editor혻(with혻John혻Ferguson)혻of혻the혻revised혻St.혻Olaf혻Choral혻Series혻for혻Augsburg혻Fortress혻Publishers.혻In혻June혻1998,혻he혻began혻his혻tenure혻as혻founding혻conductor혻of혻the혻Oregon혻Bach혻Festival혻Stangeland혻Family혻Youth혻Choral혻Academy.혻Active혻as혻a혻guest혻conductor혻in혻the혻United혻States혻and혻internationally,혻Dr.혻Armstrong혻has혻conducted혻All-State혻choirs혻and혻choral혻festivals혻in혻nearly혻all혻50혻states혻of혻the혻United혻States,혻as혻well혻as혻guest혻conducting혻such혻luminary혻ensembles혻as혻the혻World혻Youth혻Choir,혻the혻Indonesia혻Youth혻Choir,혻the혻Ansan혻City혻Choir혻(South혻Korea),혻the혻Formosa혻Singers혻(Taiwan),혻the혻Houston혻Chamber혻Choir,혻the혻Vocal혻Arts혻Ensemble혻of혻Cincinnati,혻the혻Phoenix혻Chorale,혻the혻Westminster혻Choir혻and혻the혻Tabernacle혻Choir혻and혻Orchestra혻at혻Temple혻Square.
Mark Anthony Carpio (Philippines)
Conductor혻Soon-Jung혻Kim혻is혻the혻conductor혻for혻Asan혻City혻Choir,혻Ramus혻Choir,혻Seoul혻Court's혻General혻Government혻Choir,혻and혻an혻adjunct혻professor혻at혻Hanyang혻University혻and혻at혻Presbyterian혻Theological혻University혻in혻Seoul.혻Since혻her혻return혻to혻Korea혻in혻2008,혻she혻has혻been혻a혻guest혻conductor혻for혻Incheon혻City혻Choir,혻Seongnam혻City혻Choir,혻Bucheon혻City혻Choir,혻Ulsan혻City혻Choir,혻Pohang혻City혻Choir,혻Chuncheon혻City혻Choir,혻Paju혻City혻Choir혻and혻Jeju혻Concert혻Choir.혻In혻2011,혻she혻became혻the혻assistant혻conductor혻for혻Korea혻National혻Choir,혻and혻held혻her혻쏡ebut혻Concert씲쟷ith혻the혻National혻Choir혻in혻that혻year.혻When혻she혻was혻in혻the혻USA,혻she혻was혻the혻professor혻of혻church혻music혻and혻many혻choral혻classes혻at혻KPCA혻Presbyterian혻Theological혻seminary,혻in혻Los혻Angeles,혻from혻2001혻to혻2007.혻She혻also혻became혻the혻executive혻conductor혻for혻Korean혻American혻Music혻Academy혻(2002~2003)혻and혻Young혻Angeles혻Choir혻(2005~2006),혻in혻which혻she혻held혻music혻camps혻and혻concerts혻each혻year.혻She혻served혻as혻the혻associate혻conductor혻for혻USC혻Concert혻Choir혻during혻her혻DMA,혻and혻has혻been혻a혻regular혻member혻of혻Pi혻Kappa혻Lambda,혻an혻American혻association혻of혻honorary혻musicians,혻since혻2000.혻She혻majored혻in혻composition혻at혻Hanyang혻University혻and혻received혻her혻Master's혻degree혻in혻Church혻Music혻and혻her혻D.M.A.혻in혻Choral혻Conducting혻at혻the혻University혻of혻Southern혻California혻(USC).혻
Ouk-Sook Kim (Korea)
Yu-Chung혻John혻Ku혻is혻the혻Music혻Director혻of혻Taipei혻Philharmonic혻Foundation,혻which혻consists혻of혻15혻musical혻groups,혻including혻Oratorio혻Chorus,혻Chamber혻Choir,혻Youth혻Choir,혻Women셲혻Choirs,혻Senior혻Choir,혻Children셲혻Choirs,혻Youth혻Orchestras,혻Children셲혻Orchestra,혻Opera혻Studio,혻and혻Musical혻Theater.혻He혻is혻also혻the혻Music혻Director혻of혻Taipei혻International혻Choral혻Competition혻and혻Festival,혻and혻an혻assistant혻professor혻in혻the혻Chinese혻Culture혻University.혻Ku혻also혻serves혻as혻the혻Chorus혻Master혻for혻more혻than혻30혻operas혻and혻choral-symphonic혻productions,혻working혻alongside혻with혻Helmuth혻Rilling,혻Charles혻Dutoit,혻Frieder혻Bernius,혻G체nther혻Herbig,혻Jahja혻Ling,혻and혻many혻others.혻Ku혻has혻led혻master혻classes혻in혻many혻countries,혻and혻is혻an혻adjudicator혻in혻the혻World혻Choir혻Games,혻Oriental혻Concentus혻International혻Competition,혻Bali혻International혻Choral혻Competition,혻Singapore혻International혻Choral혻Competition,혻Singapore혻Youth혻Festival,혻Hong-Kong혻Schools혻Music혻Festival,혻and혻several혻other혻competitions.혻Yu-Chung혻John혻Ku혻is혻a혻doctoral혻candidate혻at혻the혻College-Conservatory혻of혻Music혻in혻University혻of혻Cincinnati,혻and혻holds혻a혻master혻degree혻from혻Temple혻University.
Raul Talmar (Estonia)
Dr.혻Lee,혻who혻is혻been혻known혻as혻one혻of혻the혻best혻conductor혻in혻the혻aspect혻of혻interpreting혻the혻music혻according혻to혻composer셲혻intent,혻had혻been혻graduated혻at혻under혻and혻graduate혻course혻at혻the혻Juilliard혻School혻of혻music.혻Since혻1988혻Dr.혻Lee혻has혻continued혻his혻career혻as혻professor혻of혻Chong-shin혻University혻and혻music혻director혻of혻Seong-Nam혻City혻Choir,혻also혻being혻recognized혻as혻one혻of혻the혻best혻leader혻of혻the혻choral혻conducting혻activities혻in혻Korea.혻He혻Focused혻on혻performing혻the혻new혻choral혻works혻most혻of혻his혻concerts:혻Over혻1/3혻new혻works혻at혻each혻concert.혻혻He,혻also,혻get혻the혻reputation혻as혻the혻conductor혻who혻seeks혻the혻well혻blended혻and혻plentiful혻deep혻sound.혻Dr.혻Lee혻has혻lots혻of혻experiences혻at혻the혻orchestral혻works,혻conducted혻over혻10혻orchestras혻including혻such혻as혻Chopin혻Philharmonic,혻Korean혻Symphony,혻Art혻Orchestra,혻National혻Philharmonic혻and혻several혻opera혻companies혻as혻guest혻conductor.혻He혻studied혻at혻the혻University혻of혻Arizona혻and혻has혻been혻granted혻the혻doctoral혻degree혻of혻the혻orchestral혻conducting.혻After혻coming혻back혻from혻USA혻he혻was혻appointed혻as혻the혻music혻director혻of혻the혻Goyang혻Civic혻Choir혻and혻he혻devoted혻his혻best혻efforts혻to혻make혻Goyang혻Civic혻Choir혻and혻Daegu혻Civic혻Choir혻as혻the혻one혻of혻the혻top혻ranked혻city혻choir혻in혻Korea.
Tim Sharp (USA)
Zolt찼n혻Pad,혻conductor,혻studied혻at혻the혻Liszt혻Academy혻of혻Music,혻Budapest혻and혻in혻Munich혻with혻a혻DAAD혻scholarship.혻Since혻2014,혻he혻is혻chief혻conductor혻of혻the혻Hungarian혻Radio혻Choir.혻He혻is혻an혻internationally혻renowned혻conductor,혻who혻in혻recent혻years혻received혻the혻opportunity혻to혻conduct혻outstanding혻ensembles혻including혻the혻SWR혻Vocalensemble혻in혻Stuttgart,혻the혻MDR혻Radio혻Choir혻in혻Leipzig,혻the혻French혻Radio혻Choir,혻the혻ChorWerk혻Ruhr,혻the혻Polish혻Radio혻Choir,혻the혻Arsys혻Bourgogne혻Chamber혻Choir,혻the혻Croatian혻Radio혻Choir혻and혻the혻World혻Youth혻Choir.혻In혻May혻2020,혻he혻makes혻his혻debut혻in혻Hamburg혻working혻with혻the혻NDR혻Radio혻Choir혻and혻the혻Latvian혻Radio혻Choir.혻He혻has혻accepted혻the혻invitation혻of혻Chamber혻Choir혻Ireland혻and혻collaborated혻with혻the혻ensemble혻in혻November혻2020.혻As혻conductor혻of혻the혻Hungarian혻Radio혻Choir,혻he혻has혻conducted혻numerous혻concerts혻in혻Hungary혻and혻abroad,혻with혻several혻contemporary혻a혻cappella혻pieces혻premiered혻on혻their혻programme.혻Most혻pieces혻were혻also혻recorded혻for혻the혻Hungarian혻Radio.혻Between혻2009혻and혻2014,혻he혻worked혻as혻chief혻conductor혻of혻the혻Kod찼ly혻Choir혻Debrecen,혻which혻is혻one혻of혻the혻few혻professional혻choirs혻in혻Hungary.혻During혻this혻time,혻Zolt찼n혻conducted혻over혻130혻concerts혻with혻the혻choir혻and혻prepared혻a혻further혻131혻more혻concert혻programmes.
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