updated 6.16.05

 Chris  Younghoon Kim

Brave New Works

Kalistos Chamber Orchestra

Cornell University

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mobile: 607-229-3405

email: cyk8(at)cornell.edu

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Besancon Competition

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from Kenneth Kiesler

from Stephen Dankner

from Mike Masengarb

from Erik Santos

from Waukegan Symphony

from Larry Newland

letter from Besancon competition

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Appointed December 2003 for beginning August 2004
Director of Orchestras at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY[tenure Track position]
-Conduct Cornell Symphony Orchestra and Cornell Chamber Orchestra
-guest conduct Ensemble X
-Chamber Music Coach
-Professor of Conducting

2002-Current [since March 2002]
Conductor of Kalistos Chamber Orchestra
-Led Inaugural Concert featuring World Premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank's Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Led residency at Phillips Exeter Academy
-Led New York City debut at Merkin Hall with Music of Joan Tower and Britten
-Will lead residency at Denison College, Ohio March 2006

Artistic Director & co-founder of Brave New Works - Ann Arbor, MI
-Duties included: Produce concerts with resident performing ensemble(Ensemble Collective) and serve as principal conductor for all concerts involving large ensembles. Supervise concert production; securing venues, advertising, marketing, fund raising.
-Finished inaugural season & all subsequent seasons under budget
-Guest residency at Detroit Institute for the Arts in October 2005
-Led 10 day Tufts residency in June 2004
-BNW has been selected as the Ensemble in residence at the Bowling Green New Music Festival in October 2003.

Appointed August 2003 for 2003-2004 Academic Year
Resident conductor of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard University
-Guest conduct the MSO in the November and March concert.
-select concerto competition winner

Interim Director of Choral Activities at Tufts University - Medford, MA
-Direct University Chorale and University Chamber Singers
-Led 2003 Tour of Spain with the Singers
-Led 2003 New York City tour and performance at Cathedral of St. John the Divine with Tufts University Chorale
-Directed world premiere of Don Schechter's Storm a contata for mixed voices and Orchestra

2002 Winter Semester
Interim Director of Orchestra at Tufts University - Medford, MA
-Led East Coast Premiere of Kevin Beaver'sNative Tongue
-Led the Tufts Symphony Orchestra on tour to Rhodes and Athens, Greece
-Conduct the Tufts Symphony Orchestra
-Coach Chamber Music
-Teach and advise conducting students

2000-2001 [August 2000-December 2001]
Assistant Conductor of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra- New Orleans, LA
-Duties included: Produce and conduct Young people's concert in coordination with Education committee.
-Conduct concerts such as Discovery Series Concert, Nutcracker Performances and other performances as needed.
-Outreach Educational Programs in New Orleans area schools
-Spokes person for the Louiana Philharmonic Orchestra
-Find the Phil Series Director

2001 - Winter Semester
Visiting Lecturer at University of New Orleans
-Teach Music Appreciation Course for Non-music Major students.

Music Director Comic Opera Guild - Ann Arbor, MI
-Duties included: Organizing staff (stage director, producer, stage manager and stage crew), Auditioned all chorus and principal cast members. Coaching of leads, preparation of chorus and orchestra. Active in fundraising effort for the company.
-Season highlight: Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow"

Assistant Conductor and Personnel Manager of University Symphony Orchestra - University of Michigan
-Duties include: Covering all concert repertoire, rehearsing ensemble in absence of Music Director(Kenneth Kiesler)
Collaborated with student colleagues on two annual Halloween Pops concerts, selling over eight-thousand tickets each for an annual gross of over $60,000.
-Perform management and administrative duties, including concert program production and personnel management.
-Conducted the World Premiere of Tom Schnauber's "Indigo Street" on February 3, 1998
-Conducted the World Premiere of Evan Chamber's "Lament" from Three Islands on March 26, 1997

Conductor of Campus Philharmonia - University of Michigan
-Duties included: Organizing staff (manager/librarian, stage manager) serving as conductor for orchestra of non-music majors. Auditioned players, planned programs (in collaboration with Director of Orchestras, Kenneth Kiesler).
-Season highlight: World Premier of Nag Bhushan's "Lysistrata" & Kevin Beavers' "Nocturne for solo flute, harp and strings"

Music Teacher at Quincy School District - Quincy, IL
-K-12 certified in instrumental and general music in State of Illinois
-Full time Music teacher of grades 4-12 in general music, band, jazz and orchestra 
-Founder of Bounding Board Project, a commissioning project to increase original music for students. Resulted in five world premieres 

Assistant Conductor of Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Quincy, IL
-Duties include: Covering all concert repertoire, rehearsing ensemble in absence of Music Director(Clyde Bassett).
-Perform with the symphony on principal instrument, oboe
-Direct the Quincy Youth Orchestra in rehearsals and sectionals
-Member of the Symphony board as a musician's representative
-Music Director of Quincy Summer Symphony, a reading orchestra

  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • M.M. in orchestral conducting (1998)
    Recipient of 1997 & 1998 Regents Fellowship
    Nominated by the conducting faculty for the 1997 Presser Award
    Graduate Student Instructor
  • Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
  • B.M. in Music Education and Oboe Performance (1994)
    Minor in Composition
  • Juilliard School - pre-college division - New York, NY
  • Diploma from the pre-college division (1990)
    Majors: Oboe Performance & composition


Guest Conducting

December, 2004
Firebird Ensemble concerts in Boston and Rhode Island
Jon Deak's Passion of Scrooge

July, 2004
Kinhaven Summer Music Camp
Concert with Kinhaven Orchestra
Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

May, 2004
Firebird Ensemble
Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire

May, 2004
Hope in the Proles by David Little
concert @ MIT

March 2003
International Tour to Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Spain with Tufts Chamber Singers

January 2003
Firebird Ensemble
concerts in Boston and New York featuring Juliana Trivers work

December 2002
Louisiana Philharmonic, New Orleans, LA

December 2002
Toledo Symphony, toledo, OH
Holiday Concerts

October 2002
Honolulu Symphony, Honolulu, HI
Assistant conductor finalist and conductor for 2 young people's concerts

June 2002

National Symphony of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Return engagement Young Artist Concert

April 2002
Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Hartford, CT
Subscription concert

February 2002 
Rainier Symphony Orchestra, WA 
Subscription concert [Finalist in Music Director Search]

January 2002
Tufts Symphony Orchestra's Tour to Rhodes and Athens, Greece

December 2001
Delta Festival Ballet w/ Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
New Orleans, LA
Nutcracker Performances

December 2001
Prince George Symphony Orchestra, British Columbia, Canada
Nutcracker Performances

July 14, 2001
Participating conductor for Final concert of the Orchestra Orchestra Canada Workshop with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

July 6, 2001
Participating conductor for Final concert of the Dublin Masterclasses with National Symphony of Ireland

February, 2001
Guest conductor / Clinician for New Orleans String Festival New Orleans, LA

January, 2001 
Cellos Galore Program at Cranbrook Church in Bloomfield Hills, MI

September 10, 2000
Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Portland, Oregon
Guest Conductor for Season opening Concert.

July 21, 2000
Brevard Music Center, Brevard, North Carolina
Participating Conductor for final concert of Conductor's Workshop with Gunther Schuller.

June 3, 2000
Scotia Festival of Music
Guest Conductor for High light concert with Festival Young Artists in a performance of Copland's Appalachian Spring

March, 2000
Society of International Composers Conference in Ann Arbor, MI
Guest conductor in collaboration with composers Jorge Grossman & Sinae Kim

March, 2000
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
New Orleans, LA
Winner of LPO's search for assistant conductor

November, 1999
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis, MO
cover conductor for John Adams and Osmo Vanska

November, 1999
Waukegan Symphony Orchestra
Waukegan, IL
Finalist in Music Director search

July, 1999
Brevard Music Festival
Brevard, NC
Festival Orchestra under the guidance of Gunther Schuller & David Effron

June, 1999
Oregon Bach Festival 
Eugene, OR
Bach Festival Orchestra & Choir
under the guidance of Helmuth Rilling

November, 1998
Midwest Composer's Forum
Iowa City, IA
Guest conductor

October, 1998
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Springfield & Normal, IL
Halloween pops concert

October, 1998
International Computer Music Conference
Ann Arbor, MI
Guest Conductor

February, 1998
Doctoral Degree Recital - Ann Arbor, MI
Conducted Handel's Concerto in Bb major Op. 7 No. 1 for Organ and orchestra, with soloist Hanna Song

October, 1997
University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble
In a performance of Alberto Ginastera's "Cantata Para America Magica", a piece involving 2 piano, celesta, soprano and 14 percussionists

July, 1997
Opava State Opera House - Opava, Czech Republic
Part of International Opera Worskhop with Georg Tintner
Production of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte"

April, 1997
West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra 
- Marienbad, Czech Republic
Special Award Concert, a full program with the music of Rossini, Mozart, Ravel, and Kodaly

June, 1996
Hradec Kralove Philharmonic 
- Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Czech Music Workshop Final Concert
conducted Dvorak's Cello Concerto

July, 1993
Conductor's Institute Orchestra - Columbia, SC 
One of five conductors during the Composer-conductor week
Rehearsal and World Premier Performance of Greg Pascuzzi's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and chamber orchestra.
Worked closely with Karel Husa

Festivals and Workshops
June, 2004
St Magnus Festival at Kirkwall, Orkney Scotland
Participating conductor [1 of 8 conductors]
masterclass session with BBC Scottish and Nash Ensemble

September 2-7, 2003
Eduardo Mata International conducting Competition
Mexico City, Mexico
Participating conductor [1 of 12 conductors]

July 7-17, 2003
Neeme Jarvi's masterclass for conductors at the Oistrakh Festival in Parnu, Estonia
Participating conductor [1 of 14 conductors]
Selected to conduct the high light concert[4 out of 14 were selected for the concert with the Edinburg Youth Symphony]

July, 2003
First Maikop International workshop/compeititon
Maikop, Russia
Participating conductor [1 of 8 conductors]
Prize Winner selected to return for a full concert engagement during 2003-2004 season

June, 2003
St Magnus Festival at Kirkwall, Orkney Scotland
Participating conductor [1 of  8 conductors]

May, 2003
ASOL workshop in Chicago with Chicago Youth Symphony
Participating conductor

July 2002

Mozarteum, in Salzburg, Austria
study with Gerhard Markson
selected for final concert [5 selected out of 9 conductors]

May 2002
Workshop with Joe Gifford in Fredonia, NY

April 2002
CG workshop in Puerto Rico 
studied with Harold Farberman

July 2001
Workshop with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
with Gustav Meier & Bramwell Tovey:
selected for final concert [6 selected out of 14]

July 2001
Workshop with the Irleand National Symphony in Dublin with Gerhard Markson;
selected for final concert

June 2001
Workshop with Joe Gifford

April 2001
Participating conductor at ASOL workshop
in Seattle with Seattle Youth Symphony

July, 2000

Participating conductor at the Brevard Music Center, Conducting Workshop 
Under the guidance of Gunther Schuller and David Effron; selected for final concert

June, 2000
Workshop with Joe Gifford

June, 2000
Conductor's Guild Workshop in Boston 
Participating Conductor
with Larry Leighton Smith and David Epstein

May -June, 2000
Scotia Festival of New Music,
assistant to Alain Trudel,
selected for young artist concert

March 2000, New York, NY
Participated with Daniel Barenboim
at Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop Series

September, 1999
International Young Conductor's Competition at Besancon 
Semi Finalists 
Top American Participant

Summer '99
Scotia Fesitval of Music
student of Peter Lieberson & Karla Lemon

Summer '98
Festival at Sandpoint 
Student of Gunther Schuller

Summer '97
Opava Opera Workshop - Opava, Czech Republic
Instructors: Georg Tintner, Larry Newland

Summer '97, '98, '01
Conductors Retreat at Medomak, ME
Student of Kenneth Kiesler, Marianne Ploger, Joseph Gifford

May '97
Conductor's Guild Workshop - Evanston, IL
Instructors: Robert Spano, Victor Yampolski

March '97
Participant - Christophe Eschenbach Masterclass
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Residency
in Ann Arbor, MI

April '97
Participant - ASOL workshop - Ann Arbor, MI
Instructors: Kenneth Kiesler and Gustav Meier

Summer '96
Czech Music Workshop - Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Instructors: Frantisek Vajnar & Otakar Trihlik

Summer '96
International Workshop - Zlin, Czech Republic
Instructors: Tsung Yeh, Kirk Trevor & Leos Svarovsky
Award winner of 1996 International Workshop

March '96
Participant - ASOL workshop - Chicago, IL
Instructors: Kenneth Kiesler and Daniel Lewis

Summer '94, '95
Practical Workshop - Zlin, Czech Republic
Instructors: Tsung Yeh, Kirk Trevor & Johannes Schlaefli

Summer '93
Conductor's Institute of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
Instructors: Samuel Jones, Karel Husa, Michael Morgan, Paul Vermel; selected for composer/conductor week

  • Conducting
  • 1996-present
    Kenneth Kiesler, University of Michigan
    Tsung Yeh, South Bend
    Dr. John P. Paynter, Northwestern University 
    Dr. Frederick Ockwell, Northwestern University

  • Ear Training, since 1996 with Marianne Ploger 
  • Movement Joe Gifford since 2000
  • Composition
  • 1998
    Bright Sheng, University of Michigan
    William M. Karlins, Northwestern University
    Bruce Adolphe, Juilliard School

  • Oboe
  • 1990-1994
    Ray Still, Northwestern University
    Lois Wann, Juilliard School
  with my wife Kay
  with my wife Kay in Berlin

Kenneth Kiesler
Prof. of Conducting , Dir. of University Orchestras, University of Michigan

Gerhard Markson
Principal Conductor of NSO of Ireland
c/o Stephen's Hall Hotel
Lower Leeson, Dublin 2, Ireland

Leslie Bassett
Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

John McDonald
Department Chair
Tufts University
(617) 627-5624

Joe Gifford
Movement teacher of Conductors and Musicians

Sharon Litwin
Executive Director of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
305 Baronne Street Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-6530

Givonna Joseph
Education  Director of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
305 Baronne Street Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-6530

Evan Chambers
Pro. Composition, University of Michigan
(734) 764-2527

Erik Santos
Prof. Composition, University of Michigan
(734) 647-3337

Bright Sheng
Prof. Composition, University of Michigan



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