Dr. Gerard Yun, conductor, composer, and global music specialist is deeply trained as an ensemble conductor (choirs, orchestra, and opera) in The Western Classical tradition. As a choral/orchestral/opera conductor he held professional posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestra and Chorus of Southern Utah, the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and The Colorado Lyric Theatre. He was one of several conductors invited to study with conductors of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, Russia just after the fall of the Soviet Union.
His academic career has been shaped by interests in music education, choral music, and the intersections of music as a global phenomenon. Although originally taken up as "hobbies of distraction" his work with instruments such as the Australian Didgeridoo and the Lakota Flute eventually became part of his professional portfolio. This is especially true of his work in Tuvan and Tibetan Overtone Singing and the Japanese Zen Buddhist Shakuhachi.
Dr. Yun was professor of choirs and voice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah and Director of Choral Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. before immigrating to Canada in 2006. He teaches music courses and conducts choirs at Conrad Grebel University College and Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also instructor of shakuhachi at York University. Dr. Yun served as Artistic Director of the East-West Music Series, a joint project between Renison and Conrad Grebel Colleges at the University of Waterloo, and The Bell'Arte Singers in Toronto, Ontario. He has received commissions for original compositions from ensembles including The DaCapo Chamber Choir, The Utah All-State Choirs, The Hamilton Children's Choir, and the Madawaska String Quartet.
Dr. Yun is currently in demand as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator across North America.
2018 Festival Dates
Choral: April 24 – April 27, 2018Jazz Band: April 28 – April 29, 2018Concert Band: April 30 – May 3, 2018