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The 3rd New York International Choral Festival
Friday, June 28th 2005 at 8pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
SOUND OF KOREA, Soo Kwan Park


Soo-Kwan Park , Virtuoso of Korean Eastern Style Folk Songs, 'Menarijae'
Began his study of singing in his childhood after being fascinated by the beauty of the Korean folk tunes such as Sangyosori (Chants for the funeral parades), Gaksori-Taryong (Song of beggars which has been sung as they were begging), etc..

Soo-Kwan was the Grand-Prix winner of the Sangju Traditional Singing Competition, the Namdo Folk Song Contest and was the laureate of the Presidential Prize in 1999.

Mr. Park is a faculty member of the Military Academy of R.O. Korea and is Professor Emeritus of the Glinka State Conservatory of Novosibirsk, Russia, where he received an Honorable Doctorate in Musicology.

Dr. Park has brought his performances of Korean folk music to Japan , Germany , Italy , and the USA as well as throughout his native country, Korea . Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000, Dr. Park performed on the stage of Lincoln Center 's Alice Tully Hall as the featured soloist of the World Food Day Concert, Oct.18 th , 2001 and Sound of Korea at Kennedy Center .
Dr. Park made his solo appearance at the Vigil Ceremony for closing 2002 World Cup, Yokohama , Japan . Recently Dr. Park also had the 14 th SOUND OF KOREA as part of the celebrating events for the Universiad, Daegu , Korea .

Among the books he wrote or translated are Mr. Park's Tune X; Melodies sung by Korean I, II; Survey on the music of Korea , China and Musical Travel through Southern China , Taiwan , and Okinawa . He also presented several theses about Korean Traditional Music at the International Symposium held by UNESCO.

Dr. Park is presently engaged in preserving and spreading Korean Traditional Music as the president of Kapwoo Cultural Foundation.

THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY


The Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC)--the resident choir of both the 92 nd Street Y and WNYC, New York public radio--is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed youth ensemble that performs more than 70 concerts, operas, and workshops annually in New York and beyond. Their engagements have taken them from Carnegie Hall and the White House to cities in Austria , Canada , the Czech Republic , England , Germany , and Spain where they have sung in such illustrious venues as Smetana Hall in Prague and St. Martin in the Fields in London , as well as with professional symphony orchestras and some of today's top artists. Most recently, the chorus won two gold medals at the 2004 Choir Olympics in Bremen , Germany and the 2005 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This summer YPC will have the honor of representing the U.S. at the Seventh World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto , Japan .


Artistic Director Francisco J. Nunez founded the Young People's Chorus of New York City in 1988 with two goals in mind: commitments to musical excellence and to providing an atmosphere where young people of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds could further their personal and artistic growth through the study and performance of music. In just 15 years, the choir has grown from a group of musical novices who loved to sing to a sought-after, musically sophisticated youth ensemble comprising 250 choristers ranging in age from 8 to 26 in five choral divisions. An additional 350+ young people participate through the YPC's Partner Schools and Satellite Schools Programs.

Francisco J. Nunez , Artistic Director
Born in New York City of Dominican descent, conductor/composer/educator Francisco J. Nunez is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC), a chorus of some 250 young people aged 8 through 26 of all economic groups and ethnic cultures, currently in residence at 92 nd Street Y and as the WNYC Young People's Radio Chorus, the first and only resident radio choir of any New York City radio station.

Mr. Nunez formed the chorus in 1988 at the Children's Aid Society of New York City, where he served for nine years as director of music. In an effort to foster personal and artistic growth and cross-cultural understanding among the children, as well as to provide a safe haven where young people from many different backgrounds could come together with the common goal of learning and creating beautiful music, he administered music programs in diverse neighborhoods citywide and also founded the Rhinelander Center Music Arts program.

Mr. Nunez is also a composer, a leading figure in music education, and a visionary, whose strongly held ideas have not only resulted in critical and popular success of the Young People's Chorus but have begun to impact the world of choral music itself through Transient Glory . Created by Mr. Nunez, Transient Glory is a concert series of music commissioned by YPC from some of today's most prominent composers. It has now expanded into a publication series of those commissions spearheaded by Boosey & Hawkes, with G. Schirmer and Chester Novello, and a series of Transient Glory CDs, the first of which was released this past October to critical raves. Most recently, through YPC, Mr. Nunez has launched a Satellite choral program for young people in four New York City schools, reaching an additional 350+ children.

Mr. Nunez, who conducts the University Glee Club of New York City and was recently appointed conductor of the New York University Singers and NYU Women's Chorus, is active as a guest conductor and master teacher for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals throughout the country. As a composer, Mr. Nunez's compositions and arrangements for choirs, orchestra, and solo instruments are inspired by a wide gamut of Latin cultures and musical idioms. His work has attracted leading soloists and ensembles and has been recognized with numerous city, state, and national awards. In February 2004, the Ithaca College Women's Chorus under the direction of Janet Galvan released a CD of his music entitled Cantan



PYONGTAEK UNIVERSITY CHORUS


The Pyongtaek university Chorus is one of the most active university choruses in Korea .
The Chorus performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary, including Vivaldi ' s Magnifiact , Brahams ' Libeslieder , Neues Liebeslieder , and many oratorios of Mendelssohn and Handel. The chorus also regularly performs folk songs and sacred music.

The Pyongtaek University Chorus has been invited to perform in numerous churches and cities throught the Korean peninsula. They performed Beethoven ' s Symphony number 9 with the Phyeongtaek Philharmonic Orchestra last December and Choral Fantasie on Ki-Nam Broadcasting ' s live broadcasting concert. After the new director.

Dr. Sang Hyuk Lee, joined the chorus, the expectations of the chorus from both critics and audiences increased. As a result, the Pyongtaek university Chorus has drawn strong enthusiasm for the high quality of performances and concerts that are scheduled ahead.

Sang Hyuk Lee is widely known as a tenor with a shimmering voice and impeccable musicianship. He has after performed many operas by Donizetti, Mozart, Bellini and Rossini and Oratories by Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, Kodaly in the United Stares at the Ash Lawn Opera, the Tri-Star Opera, the Indianapolis Symphony and the Bloomington Symphony .
He has performed with the KBS Symphony and the Seoul Metropolitan Symphony. He studied at Indiana University and received a DM in voice and has a busy career as a singer, scholar and choral director in Korea . He currently teaches music at Pyeongtaek university.

PIANO DUO


Youngmi Kim

Pianist Youngmi Kim currently serves as a Vice-President of Pyeongtaek University and as a Piano professor. She has performed with the Russian Philharmonic, the Eurasian Orchestra, the Hanacek Philharmonic, and the Ukraine National Symphony. She has been invited to perform as a soloist by the Italian Campania government, the University of Hawaii and Sentai and Tokyo in Japan. She studied at Ewha Women's University and Sungshin Women's University in Korea.

Okran Lim

Pianist Okran Lim has had an active career in Germany and Switzerland. She studied at Freiburg Hochschule and received the Konzertexamen from Heidelberg-Mannheim Hochschule. She has performed at Suedwest Rundfunk in Germany and on Schweizerische Radio. She also has taught at Rottenberg Jugend Musikschule and Stadtiche Volkschochschule Tuebingen. She currently teaches at Pyeongtaek University.

JEWISH PEOPLE'S PHILHARMONIC CHORUS


Jewish People ' s Philharmonic Chorus is proud to be at the forefront of this Yiddish cultural renaissance. Centuries of hope, determination, humor, loss and renewal are bound up in each note they sing. The voices of sweatshop workers, immigrants, lovers, mothers, solders and tumblers speak through their music. At its founding in 1923 on New York ' s Lower East Side , the Jewish People ' s Philharmonic Chorus was a vocal part of the burgeoning labor movement. Drawing 75 young immigrants to its first rehearsal, the chorus has had as many as 300 singers. When the Chorus performed Jacob Schaefer ' s oratorio Tsvey Brider in 1962, they were the first Jewish chorus in America to perform with an orchestra.

The JPPC is regularly invited to choral festivals, and has performed in the tri-state area I locations as diverse as Lincoln Center , Queens College , Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, the Museum of Jewish Heritage , the Sholom Aleichem Cultural Center , the Town School , and Ground Zero.

BINYUMEN (Ben) SCHAECHTER is an award-winning composer of musicals, revue songs and cabaret songs which have been performed in theatres and cabarets everywhere. He has been represented off-Broadway by his musical DOUBLE IDENTITY, and in four revues: NAKED BOYS SINGING (now 5 years running in New York ; also performed throughout five continents); PETS! (published, Dramatic Publishing); THAT'S LIFE! (Outer Critics Circle nomination); and TOO JEWISH? (with Avi Hoffman), for which he was also the Musical Director and on-stage pianist/back-up singer (nominated, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards). TOO JEWISH? was also seen on PBS TV stations across the nation last year. Other musicals: THE WILD SWANS (ASCAP's Bernice Cohen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre; Eugene O'Neill National Music Theatre Conference), DINNER AT EIGHT (2001 BMI Foundation's Jerry Bock Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre).

He has performed his one-man show, THE SHTETL COMES TO LIFE across the US and in Paris . His newest offering, FROM KINAHORA TO KUNI-AYLAND, is a musical revue of songs about the Jewish experience in America , including hilarious songs from Second Avenue and the Yiddish vaudeville written by Leo Fuchs, Aaron Lebedeff, Menashe Skulnik and others, with some Schaechter originals.

HAI-TIEN CHORUS


Hai-Tien Chorus has maintained an active performance schedule both locally and in other cities at the invitation of many community groups and cultural organizations ever since its inception in 1980 by Conductor Pi-Chu Hsiao. It has performed in various music centers and concert halls, including Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall of New York 's Lincoln Center , Manhattan Town Hall , Madison Square Garden Theater , Merkin Concert Hall and Colden Center of Queens College .

In 2001 the Hai-Tien Chorus won first place honors at the First Annual International Overseas Chinese Mixed Chorus Competition held in Taipei, defeating other choruses representing all continents and coming from Brazil, Japan, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Vancouver and Washington D.C.

The critically acclaimed Hai-Tien Chorus continues to grow and improve artistically under the direction of Ms. Pi-Chu Hsiao

Ms. Pi-Chu Hsiao is a graduate of the Taipei Normal University . She as dedicated her life to many areas of music education and community service. As a music teacher for over fifty years she has transformed many elementary, secondary school and university student choruses as well as som adult choruses into all-province championship choruses. She has served with the Ministry of Education in Taiwan , as Director of the Children's Chorus of the Chinese Broadcasting Corporation and conductor of the Young Lions Chorus in addition to many other posts and is a well-known music adjudicator in musical auditions and competitions.

THE BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM


Now in its 37 th Season, The Boys Choir of Harlem, founded and directed by Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, is internationally recognized for its virtuoso performances and innovations in the thousand-year-old art of the boy choir. The BCH is well known for the breath of its repertoire, which ranges from staples of the European canon such as Haydn, Bach and Mozart through more modern composers to contemporary works. African-American spirituals, gospels, jazz, pop and hip-hop are choreographed to give The Choir a magnetic stage presence that has won critical and popular acclaim.

The Choir makes three of four national tours each year and averages 100 engagements in over 24 states annually. The Choir has grown form a 20-member church choir to an artistic an educational institution. Today, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc., compromise a boys choir, girl choir, The Choir Academy of Harlem, a student and family support services component, and a Summer Music Institute.

In the wake of the tragedies of September 11, 2001 , The Boys Choir of Harlem was called upon to participate in over 20 memorial, commemorative, and special events. In 2000, The Choir Academy of Harlem and The Boys Choir of Harlem were selected by the by the Gray Foundation a 2000 Grammy Signature School Special Merit Recipient in recognition of its outstanding commitment to Music Education.

Dr. Walter J. Turnbull is celebrating thirty-six years as the founder/president of the internationally acclaimed Boys Choir of Harlem Inc. He has built an innovative program which addresses the social, educational and emotional needs of urban boys and girls and helps them transform their lives through music. The Boys Choir of Harlem Inc. helps children achieve their creative potential, build self esteem, find positive role models, and develop a strong value system of discipline, and hard work in preparation for the future as confident, motivated, productive adults.

A native of Greenville , Mississippi , Dr. Turnbull is an honors graduate of Tougaloo College , where his notable achievements earned him recognition in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities . He received his Masters in Music and doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, and has been honored by the State of New York and the State of Mississippi . He received the 1998 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, the William M. Sullivan Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Award, the Edwin Berry National Business and Professional Award, Black Book Publishers Award, Mayot's Voluntary Action Award, New Yorker for New York Award and National Assocoation of Negro Musicians Prize.

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