MSU Choral Program Alum to Lead World-Renowned Choir
Jong Kim was recently selected to serve as the director and principal conductor of one of the top professional choirs in the world.
Jong Kim, professor of music and director of choral activities at Lynchburg College, assumed his post with the Incheon City Chorale in August. Kim received his DMA in choral conducting in 1995 from Michigan State University.
“Jong was a focused and serious student of choral conducting and one of the nicest people you would ever want to know,” said Jonathan Reed, associate director of Choral Programs at MSU. “His selection to serve as the director of the Incheon City Chorale shows how highly he is regarded in his native country.”
Kim guest conducted the prestigious choir twice before his appointment, most recently in May 2015. He will succeed Professor Hak-Won Yoon—regarded as the most important Korean conductor of his generation and the father of Korean choral music. Kim will direct and conduct the choir for two years after which he will return to teaching at Lynchburg College.
“It is a high honor to be chosen for this position,” Kim said. “I am excited to spend my sabbatical leave and a year of leave from teaching to work with this outstanding choir.”
Known for its extraordinary musicality, the Incheon City Chorale consists of 50 full-time professional singers. The chorale is a frequent performer at the American Choral Directors Association convention and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. The group’s diverse repertoire and showmanship includes brilliant harmony and original stage presentation.
Kim is professor of music and director of choral activities and vocal studies at Lynchburg College, as well as the director of graduate studies in music. Kim has been a guest conductor for many professional, community, and high school honor choirs and orchestras in the United States and Korea.
Source: News from Lynchburg College.
Incheon City Chorale video from the American Choral Directors Association