In May 1959, the very first Choral Journal mentioned then ACDA Vice President Elwood Keister in a short paragraph encouraging ACDA members to participate in choral music exchange. At the time, the scope of this nascent exchange program was fairly limited compared with today's standards, but the implications for future growth and sharing were quite broad. By 1975, the ACDA Constitution and Bylaws would reflect this ever-growing focus and appreciation for choral music exchange beyond the borders of the United States. Today, ACDA continues to support this legacy of exchange with the International Conductors Exchange Program through the creation of meaningful opportunities to connect conductors and choral communities from all corners of the world. In this, our fourth ICEP ChoralBlog for the 2016 exchange with South Korea, I am very pleased to introduce ICEP Conducting Fellows Dr. Matthew Ferrell and Dr. Jin Soo Kim.
Dr. Matthew Ferrell
Dr. Matthew Ferrell is associate professor and Director of Choral Activities at St. Cloud State University. In this position he conducts the SCSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches courses in conducting and musicianship. Prior to his appointment at SCSU, he served as Director of Choral Activities at Brooklyn College, Conservatory of Music and previously taught high school choir in New Lebanon, NY. Dr. Ferrell has studied under many renowned conductors including Dale Warland, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Porco, Weston Noble, Charles Bruffy, James Jordan and Marin Alsop. Dr. Ferrell received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami (a student of Jo-Michael Scheibe). He received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Temple University and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The Hartt School.
Dr. Jin Soo Kim
Dr. Jin Soo Kim is the conductor and artistic director for the Mapo Municipal Women's Choir, the Yang-Ju City Children's Choir, the David Male Choir, and the Kang-Seo CEO Choir. His teaching appointments include DGIST University, The Korean National University of Arts, Seoul Jang-Sin University, Jeon-Ju University and Han-La University. He recieved his DMA from Hansei University in Choral Conducting, his Masters degree from from The Korea National University of Arts in Choral Conducting, and his Bachelors degree from Seoul Jang-Sin University in Church Music and Vocal Performance. Dr. Kim will be a guest of the ACDA Western Division during his residency in the United States from February 24 to March 5. For details regarding his time in the US, please contact the Western Division ICEP Liaison, Dr. Steve Hodson at firstname.lastname@example.org.