The 12th Annual
MAD RIVER VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Dr. Pearl Shangkuan,
WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 & 8, 2012
We would cordially invite you and your finest choral singers to an extraordinary event at Wright State University: The 12th Annual Mad River Vocal Arts Festival! This two-day event, Sunday & Monday, October 7 & 8, 2012, features a highly select choir composed of high school singers from throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Our guest conductor and clinician for the event is Dr. Pearl Shangkuan. Dr. Shangkuan will work with the Mad River Honor Choir, comprised of over 120 highly select high school singers.
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I look forward to seeing you at this year's Mad River Vocal Arts Festival!
For more information
Phone: (937) 775-3721
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A sought after conductor and clinician all across the United States and internationally, Dr. Pearl Shangkuan is a professor of Music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she directs choirs and teaches choral conducting and choral literature. She is also the chorusmaster (endowed Covenant Chair) of the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony. Her performances and preparation of choruses consistently receive outstanding reviews for their combination of precision, artistry and passion. In addition to her Mosaic: the Pearl Shangkuan choral series for earthsongs, she serves as the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship choral series, published by GIA.
Her choirs have performed at national, division and state conferences of American Choral Directors Association and other professional music conferences in the United States. Recent conducting engagements took her to Austria, South Africa, Hong Kong, and all across the United States. She has conducted honor choirs for several ACDA divisions and has been a headliner for various ACDA state conferences. She has led performances and given workshops all across the US and in Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Philippines), as well as in Austria, Australia, Canada and South Africa.
Dr. Shangkuan has served as guest faculty in prominent programs in the US including the University of Michigan Choral Conducting Symposium, the Chorus America A Capella Conducting Masterclass, the Westminster Choir College Summer Session among many others. She has conducted all state, honor choirs and festivals in numerous states.
She has served on the National Board of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as the President of the Central Division, and as Michigan ACDA state president. Prior to her appointment at Calvin College, Dr. Shangkuan taught at Rutgers University and at the Westminster Conservatory of Music of Rider University in New Jersey.
Recipient of the Grand Rapids YWCA’s Tribute! Award for outstanding professional women, she is also a past recipient of its Woman of Achievement award. Dr. Shangkuan has also served on the national board of the Chorister Guild and the board of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association and the New Jersey ACDA. She is a member of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), Chorus America, IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music), MENC (Music Educators National Conference), and is a member of the Phi Kappa Lambda and Mu Phi Epsilon Music Honor Societies.
A student of pre-eminent American choral conductor and New York Philharmonic chorusmaster Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, she received a Bachelor of Music in Church Music summa cum laude and Master of Music in Choral Conducting with distinction from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.