Jury members 2021
Mikhail Slavkin, Russia, chairperson
Artistic director of Children’s choir of the Union of composers of Russia “Preobrajhenie” («Transfiguration»), Honored worker of culture of the Russian Federation, winner of the International competitions, member of the Union of composers of Russia. Was born in 1953 in Moscow. One of the known choir-masters in Russia. The author of choral works and songs for children. Works at the State Children’s Musical Theatre named after Natalia Sats and the Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera. Took part in jury work at the Choir Competitions INTERKULTUR in 1998-1999, 2010-2016 and also at the International Competitions in Finland, Poland, Bulgaria. Artistic Director of the Children’s and Youth Choir “Preobrajhenie”, head of the Foundation of Creative Development “Preobrajhenie”, member of the Union of Composers of Russia, author of choral works and songs for children and adults, choirmaster at the Natalya Satz Musical Theatre and the Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera, juror at International Choir Competitions worldwide, chairman of the jury of the International Vocal and Choral, competition of Jean Sibelius in Turku, Finland. Since 1978 has worked in Children’s Choral studio «PreobraJhenie» as a teacher of a class of a violin, vocal ensemble, solfeggio and music basics. Since 1985 has worked as Artistic director of studio. In 1997 the studio was given the status of the Union of composers of Russia. In 2013 was invited to a position of the choir-master of Children’s opera studio of the Moscow State Academic Children’s musical theatre named after Nataly Sats.
Arvin Zeinullah, Indonesia
Arvin Zeinullah is a Bachelor of Social Science from Padjadjaran University (Unpad) Bandung and a Masters in Music Education at the Indonesian Education University.
Arvin is a coach and conductor of Unpad Choir Bandung since 2001 and Bogor Agricultural University Choir Agria Swara since 2003. Arvin bring Unpad Choir and Agria Swara Choir to become a leading Indonesia student choir with national and international achievements.
Arvin is registered as vocal instructor at the Jakarta Vocal Music Education Center Gita Svara. His teaching experience in many music schools provides extensive insights into vocal education.
Arvin had the opportunity to study as a choir singer for Batavia Madrigal Singers, Twilite Chorus, Asian Youth Choir, Musicanova Chamber Singers, and Asiaccatura.
Arvin had a private choral class with Brady Allred through a requiem project at the Choralies Festival in Vaison La Romaine France, as well as the Rundfunk Chor Berlin concert project with Simon Hasley and Nicolas Fink.
Arvin won the award as Best Conductor at the Budapest Choir Competition Hungary, the Rimini International Competition Italy, the International Habanera Choir Contest Spain and the Bali International Choir Competition.
Arvin also won many choir awards in Best Program, compulsory song interpretation, as well as various other best interpretations.
In 2019, thanks to 7 awards in music performance and interpretation, Arvin bring Unpad Choir to become the first Indonesian student choir won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing at Guido d'Arezzo Italy and compete to the next European Grandprix for Choral Singing series.
Fidel Gener Calalang Jr, Spain
Fidel Calalang Jr. finished his music studies at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music where he is a faculty member of the Piano and Conducting Departments. He also teaches choral music and conducting at the UST Graduate School. He is the founder and conductor of the internationally renowned University of Santo Tomas Singers or the UST Singers. Since its foundation in 1993, he has led the choir in 36 international concert tours of Europe, USA, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Australia and in winning over 80 top prizes in international competitions around the world such as Tours France, Tolosa, Cantonigros and Torrevieja Spain, Gorizia, Florence and Arezzo Italy, Spittal and Baden in Austria, LLangollen Wales United Kingdom, San Luis Obispo California USA, Lindenholzhausen, Miltenberg, Mainhausen Germany, Olomouc Czech Republic, Varna bulgaria, Sopot Poland, Cork and Bangor Ireland and Monster the Netherlands.
He won for the UST Singers the Choir of the World Grand Prize Luciano Pavarotti trophy twice in 1995 and 2010 in Llangollen Wales UK, the 2010 Premio de Habaneras and the Premio Intercontinental in Torrevieja Spain, the 1988 Gran Premio Citta di Gorizia in Italy, the 2019 Choir of the World Champion of Champions title at the Llangollen Wales UK among others. Awarded the Most Outstanding Alumni of University of Santo Tomas in Music and Performing Arts, he won the Second Prize at the 2018 Ennio Morricone International Composition Competition in Florence Italy for his composition Laudate Dominum, the Best Contemporary Choral Arrangement Prize at the 2015 Florence International Choral Competition for his arrangement of My Heart and I by Ennio Morricone, the Best Conductor Prize at the 2002 Monster International Choral Competition in the Netherlands, and the First Prize at the Ojai International Composition Competition in Ojai California USA in 1999 for his composition Pater Noster. He also won prizes in the Philippines at the Mozart Sonata Competition, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Choral Writing Competition in 2007 and the League of Filipino Composers Competition in 1984, 1985 and 1987. He served as jury for the international competitions in Pardubice Czech Republic, Wales United Kingdom, Sopot Poland, North Sumatera Indonesia and Torrevieja Spain. He also gave lectures and workshops in Turin Italy, Madrid and Barcelona Spain, Taipei Taiwan, Beijing China, Gdansk Poland, Daegu, Jeju Island and Busan Korea, Freiburg and Pessin Germany, Seattle and Denver USA and in Normandy France.
He was chorus master for Philippine productions of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Verdi's La Traviata, Ching's Rendezvous in Venice, Jenkin's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th symphony.
His choral works are published by Earthsongs Publishing USA under the Music of Asia and the Pacific series and by Muziksea Publishing.
Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan, Philippines
Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan finished her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, summa cum laude, at Saint Paul University-Manila Graduate School. She also graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, and Master of Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music.
Presently, she teaches Choral Conducting, Large Ensemble Class and Music Education at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, Centro Escolar University Conservatory of Music Graduate School and St. Paul UniversityManila Doctor of Musical Arts.
As a sought after choral pedagogue and children's choir conductor, Theresa has been invited as a guest conductor, choral clinician and has been giving conducting masterclasses, choral and music education lectures and workshops around the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia,
South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, and the United States of America. She has also been invited to adjudicate in prestigious international choral festivals and competitions and has served as chairman for choir competition at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in the Philippines.
To propagate the Filipino choral music and in their advocacy to strengthen the children’s choral movement in the Philippines, Theresa, together with her husband Jude, arranges Filipino folksongs and writes choral music for children’s choirs. They also founded the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines and its
scholar choirs, the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella, where she is the conductor and the co-artistic director.
They organized the Groundwork for Choirs, a series of choral workshops for conductors around Southeast Asia and launched their book Groundwork for Part-Singing, a collection of short pieces to develop the readiness of choristers to sing in parts.
Her choral works have been published, performed, and premiered at various choral festivals and competitions around the world. These works were published by Hal Leonard Publishing Company and Pavane Publishing in the USA. She was one of the featured composers at the 2015 Pacific International Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Dr. Vizconde-Roldan was invited as one of the jury members and lecturers at Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival in Singapore, Satya Dharma Gita Choir Festival in Indonesia, BALI International Choir Festival in Indonesia. She was invited as guest conductor of the Taipei Philharmonic Children's Choir on their 20th Anniversary at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Treble Voices Festival in Singapore, Saint Angela Children and Youth Choir Festival in Indonesia. Dr. Vizconde-Roldan was also invited as a guest lecturer at the Asian Pacific Children's Choir Assembly in Japan, Children's Choral Camp and Retreat in Indonesia, at the BALI International Choir Festival in Indonesia, and at the 2019 International Kodaly Symposium in Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia.
She led the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir to choral competitions winning first-ever Children’s Choir of the World title at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales, United Kingdom, and Choir Olympic Champion at the World Choir Games in Bremen, Germany. Under her leadership, the choir
was featured and guested in international choir festivals such as the 12th Cantemus International Choral Festival and Conducting Mastercourse in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Pacific International Choral Festival in Oregon Bach Festival, USA, 6th World Vision International Children's Choir Festival in South Korea.
Dr. Vizconde-Roldan is the President of the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines and the Vice President for Projects of the Philippine Choral Directors Association. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella.
Susanna Saw, Malaysia
Susanna Saw is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She obtained her Master in Music Education (Choral Focus) from Westminster Choir College, U.S.A. She is currently a Lecturer and Choir Director at the Faculty of Music at University of Malaya (UM), University Technology MARA (UiTM) and the Malaysian Institute of Art (M.I.A.), where she conducts the M.I.A. Ladies Chorus, which has won many Gold Medals from various international competitions.
In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about vocal and choral education. She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Teachers’ Training Course to Malaysia to improve local standards of classroom music teaching. She organised the 24th International Kodály Symposium in August 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and through this, hopes to bring more awareness on the Kodály teaching philosophy to the Southeast Asia Region.
From 2007 on, Susanna has been regularly invited by the Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. Susanna has been appointed a Working Committee for the Asia-Pacific Choral Council, under the auspices of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). Susanna is also an active speaker at various Music Education events promoting effective music
teaching in the 21st century. She is also the newly elected Vice-President for the International Kodály Society and the Malaysian Association for Music Education.
Ádám Cser, Hungary
He started playing the piano in Szeged at the age of nine, but he has been composing since the age of 11. He began his higher music studies at the Faculty of Music of the University of Szeged: he studied music theory, piano and conducting. In 2000, he was admitted to the Academy of Music, majoring in singing and music, where he graduated in 2005, but continued his studies in conducting this year, under András Ligeti and Tamás Gál. He graduated here in 2010 - with honors. He was then an ERASMUS scholarship student at the American Professor Mark Stringer at the Vienna Academy of Music. He was also a guest student at the Universität der Künste Berlin for three years (2007, 2008, 2009). During and after his studies, he took part in the master classes of many world-famous conductors (Zoltán Peskó, Simon Rattle, Péter Eötvös, Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula). He has participated in several conductor competitions (2011 Mephis, 2012 Copenhagen, 2012 London), in 2017 he was included in the top five at the Maestro Solti Conducting Competition.
In 1998 he was a founding member of the Victoria Chamber Choir in Szeged, and in 2003 he became its leader. He has won several foreign awards with the choir. In 2011, he founded the Victoria Chamber Orchestra. From 2008 he worked at the Sándor Hevesi Theater in Zalaegerszeg, between 2010 and 2012 at the Szigliget Theater in Szolnok and other theaters. Since 2012, he has been the conductor of the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra and the music director of the Miskolc National Theater. He worked as an assistant with the BBC orchestra in Bergen and Manchester, and in 2016 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra alongside Iván Fischer. As a freelance conductor, he has also worked with several other orchestras (the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, the Óbuda Danubia Orchestra, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, etc.), conducted at the Opera House, and has several foreign performances.
As a composer, he acquired choral works, chamber pieces and symphonic pieces. He won second prize in the 2006 István Vántus composition competition for his work Psalmus 70, and in 2008 his work Libera… won an audience award. The Miskolc Symphony Orchestra performed its 1st Symphony on October 1, 2012.
Tommyanto Kandisaputra, Indonesia
Tommyanto Kandisaputra is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor of Studio CantorumBandung Choir & Orchestra, Founder and Chairman of Bandung Choral Society who has been organizing concerts, choral workshops, symposiums, and competitions. He is also the Artistic Director of the annual world-renowned Bali International Choir Festival in Denpasar - Bali which was inaugurated in 2012 and will be in its 9th edition this July 2020. He successfully organized additional choral festivals including the Rhapsodie Indonesia Choir Festival, Jakarta World Choir Festival in 2019, and will organize 2nd Asia Choral Grand Prix in Bali 2021.
During the pandemic situation, organizing 3 edition of World Virtual Choir Festival an The 6th Symposium On Church Choral Music 2021.
Mr. Kandisaputra serves as a voice consultant and conducts numerous choral development programs throughout Indonesia. He was also appointed to the World Choir Council in 2006, became the representative of INTERKULTUR, and has successfully brought Indonesian choirs to stages and choir competitions around the world.
He became the Indonesian representative for the "One Asia Cultural Ambassador" in 2014 organized by "The Music for One Foundation", South Korea. In 2016, he was invited to conduct the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Choir at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and to be a guest speaker at the Asian Pacific Children ChoirAssembly in Okinawa. He was also a guest speaker at Lithuanian's Conductors Summer Academy 2017, thereafter as jury at Suwon ChoralFestival and clinician at Jeju Senior Choir Festival – South Korea, and Claudio Monteverdi International Choral Festival in Venice in 2019.
He founded the INDONESIA YOUTH CHOIR in 2015, which he now brings to the international stage.
Michele Josia, Italy
As one of the young emerging composers, Michele Josia's work encompasses film soundtracks, choral and orchestral works, and far more than merely a composer, he's also a well known choir conductor. With his ensemble, he won several first prizes and special awards in national and international choral competitions (Skofja Loka, Maribor, Bad Ischl, Riva del Garda, Bratislava) as well as getting official awards by the government of Slovenia. He was assistant conductor of Fabrizio Barchi, Stojan Kuret, Ursa Lah and co-founder with Mauro Marchetti of the Italian – Slovenian choir “Vocalkor”. With a background experience gained in more than 20 years, Josia has assets of more than 190 concerts in Europe, including the direction and performances of his compositions in renowned international competitions (Maribor, Varna, Tolosa, Vittorio Veneto) as well as in important concert halls such as the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, the “Cankariev Dom” in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg. With his ensembles, as conductor, assistant conductor and composer of concert music and soundtracks for films, he recorded 20 CDs. He was attending masterclasses in choral conducting with Stojan Kuret (Slovenia), Peter Hanke (Denmark) and Gary Graden (USA).He is often appointed as a jury member in composition competitions and in international choral competition contests, as well as lecturer in choral conducting and film music masterclasses. A polyhedric and multi-talented musician, Josia combines his academic knowledge of orchestration, composition, human voice and choirs, with the today’s new technology of digital instruments, which perfectly match with visual images. Among his works, Josia collaborated as choir conductor assistant with Ennio Morricone in the preparation of the soundtracks of films such as “Vatel”, directed by Roland Joffè, “Aida degli alberi” (Aida of the trees) by G. Manuli, “Padre Pio tra cielo e terra” (Padre Pio between Heaven and earth) by Giulio Base, “La Piovra 10” by Luigi Perelli, and also in “Giuseppe di Nazareth”, directed by Raffaele Mertes, with music by Marco Frisina. In December 2011, his music was performed by the renowned American composer, conductor and Grammy Award winner Eric Whitacre.
Up to now, Michele Josia wrote 34 soundtracks from documentaries to short films, medium length films and feature films. He won 5 film industry awards and 30 music awards as composer and conductor. Michele Josia is the artistic director of the International Choral Competition "Musica Eterna Roma", member of the International Film Music Society of China, member of the Italian Film Academy, founder member of the Italian Choral Directors Association, permanent jury member for the David di Donatello awards (2009-2019) and member of the European Film Academy.
Se Ho Kim, South Korea
Secretary team leader of the Korean Federation of Choral Association
Conductor of Korean Adopted Children's Choir
Artistic Director of ALLMYT Classic Ensemble
Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Gyeongbuk, Jeonbuk, Ulsan Education Training Center
Lectured at the Legal Training Institute, Chungnam Civil Service Education Center, and Korea Lifelong Education Center
Planning Team Leader of Jeju International Choral Festival & Symposium
Planning Office Manager of Jeju World Youth Choral festival
Trainer of Gwacheon City Women's Choir
Conductor of Gwacheon City Civil Service Choir
Conductor of Holy Flames Choir
Conductor of Suji Union Bank Children's Choir
Conductor of iChoir
2022 World Choir Games (Choral Olympics) Organizing Committee
Toh Ban Sheng, Singapore
Starting out essentially as a self-taught musician, former Physics teacher Toh Ban Sheng completed two master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Voice from the USA with the support of a National Arts Council Bursary. Toh has since come to be recognized as an eminent conductor and music educator with an illustrious track record, having garnered numerous Grands Prix, Category Champions, Jury Prizes and some 80 gold awards at international and national competitions.
An active member in the international choral scene, Toh is highly sought-after as an adjudicator, clinician and guest-conductor. He has also written for the International Choral Bulletin and had his music published in the United States and Europe. Perhaps, the most awarded Singaporean choral conductor with seven Conductor’s Prizes in Europe under his belt and an outstanding pedagogue, he has been invited to adjudicate, conduct, or teach in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan and USA. With Raffles Singers, he proudly presented two concerts at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain, and recently won double Grands Prix in Austria and Slovakia.
At home in Singapore, Toh’s choirs have twice won the highest national accolade of Best Choir of the Year Award in consecutive years. He has served as a Music Specialist with the Ministry of Education and part-time lecturer at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the National Institute of Education. For many years, he also mentors teachers under the NAC-STAR Artist-Mentor Scheme and sits on panels of review in the National Arts Council.
Among many other notable appointments, he was privileged to conduct an 800- strong National Day Parade Combined Choir at the National Stadium on live telecast. His work as a Chorus Master for Mahler Symphony Nr. 2 and Beethoven Symphony Nr. 9 has won him raved reviews by Straits Times. In recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions in the music arena, Toh was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2006 by the National Arts Council and the Honorary Member of the Choral Directors Association of Singapore.
He currently directs five award-winning choirs in Singapore schools and junior colleges, in addition to directing the Amoris Singers and Raffles Singers. Since 2014, he has been serving as the Artistic Director of International Choral Festival Orientale Concentus held in Singapore. Two new upcoming international festivals have sought him out as the Artistic Director. His self-titled biography, “The Accidental Conductor”, was published in 2010 and the Choral Series under his name with Earthsongs Music Publication (USA) was launched in 2002.
Terrence Ling Hung Shu, Malaysia
Terrence Ling Hung Shu is a faculty member of his alma mater, the Institute of Music, at UCSI University, where he conducts choirs and instructs for contemporary solo singing.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of OctaVox Malaysia and the Vice President of Dithyrambic Singers.
Terrence began his career as a choral conductor in 2016. Under his leadership, the ensembles win Gold medals at various international choir competitions, including the 1st World Virtual Choir Festival 2020;
Rimini International Choral Competition 2020; 10th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya 2019; 47th Festival of Songs Olomouc 2019; 3rd International Choral Competition in Croatia 2019; as well as the Grand Prix Winner of the 7th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya 2017. In Croatia, Terrence received Special Conductors Prize for exceptional artistic impression.
Terrence was appointed as the Assistant Choral Conductor of the Dithyrambic Singers at the concerts: Carmina Burana, Final Fantasy III, and Queen of Spades under the batons of Roberto Abbado, Arnie Roth, and Stanislav Kochanovsky with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to the appointment, Terrence performed as a chorister with the same ensembles under the world-renowned conductors' baton: Marcello Rota (Tenor Andrea Bocelli Asia Tour 2013), Arnie Roth (Final Fantasy I & II), Benjamin Zander (Mahler Symphony 2), Fabio Mechetti (Opera – Carmen), Andreas Delf (Mozart Requiem), and Naohisa Furusawa (Beethoven Symphony 9). In 2017, Terrence performed Draco's role at the opera Maria and Draco at the
Distant Worlds: Kuala Lumpur 30th Anniversary under Arnie Roth's baton with National Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, he performed with Indonesia Youth Choir as a Malaysian representative.
Terrence is a regular adjudicator for solo singing competitions and a workshop presenter for solo singing, choir, and modern band in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Terrence also performed at jazz festivals locally and internationally as a jazz drummer.
Brady R. Allred, USA
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Brady R. Allred has developed "an international reputation for excellence." Under his direction the Salt Lake Choral Artists, a community choir of 200 singers, has achieved critical acclaim for their innovative concerts and Summer Choral Institute program. Formerly Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and the first recipient of the Ellen Neilson Barnes Presidential Endowed Chair for Choral Studies at the University of Utah, Dr. Allred was recently selected by The Salt Lake Tribune as one of Utah's Top 25 Cultural Power Brokers.
Known around the world for "exquisite choral singing," Dr. Allred's ensembles have been invited to participate in major festivals and have received honors including the Grand Prize at the Florilege Vocal de Tours International Choir Competition, Grand Prize at the European Grand Prix International Choir Competition, and First Prize at the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition. His choirs have also earned awards for performances of their commissioned pieces, and Dr. Allred has been awarded for Best Interpretation of 20th Century Music and the Conductor's Prize.
Under his energetic leadership, Dr. Allred's choirs have completed ten international tours of Europe and concert tours of Canada and Israel. In 2011, he will appear at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina with the newly formed Salt Lake Vocal Artists, who recently participated in the 42nd Abesbatza Lehiaketa International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain, returning with 4 First Place prizes. In the United States, his choirs have toured extensively, including performances in Avery Fisher Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, Chorus America, and the American Choral Directors Association.
Prior to his work in Utah, Dr. Allred was the Music Director and Conductor for the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Director of Choral Activities at Duquesne University, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. He has been a guest conductor for the Schumann Chamber Orchestra in Italy, the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Defense, and the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He has also performed with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. In May 2007 he was the American judge on the international jury for the Marktoberdorf competition in Germany. He joined juries in Slovenia and Spain in 2008, and adjudicated in Bandung, Indonesia in 2010.
Dr. Allred is also known for his innovative programming, and regularly commissions new works for his ensembles. In 2009, the University of Utah Singers won a prize in Marktoberdorf for the premiere of Nancy Wertsch's "Hail Holy Light." The group won a similar prize in Tours in 2005 for William Hawley's "Flos ut rosa Floruit." Additionally, Dr. Allred has worked with cutting-edge artists and composers such as the Kronos Quartet and Mark Grey, with whom he plans to collaborate further in the future.
Honored in Pittsburgh Magazine for "Excellence in the Arts," Dr. Allred was nominated for a Creative Achievement Award as an "Established Artist" by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and in 2007 was honored by the Utah Music Educators Association with a Superior Achievement award and selected for recognition in the International Who's Who in Choral Music.
Dr. Allred earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition and Flute Performance from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, soprano Carol Ann Allred, have traveled and performed extensively as Artistic Ambassadors for the United States Information Agency. They have four daughters and make their home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Allred's ensembles, known around the world for "exquisite choral singing," have been invited to participate in major festivals including the 12th International Choir Festival en Provence, the Festival des Choeurs Laureats; the 19th Festival "Choralies de Vaison-la-Romaine", and the Nancy Festival International Chant de Choral. In the United States, his choirs have toured extensively, including performances at the Division and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference in New York City at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing
Aida Swenson, Indonesia
Aida Swenson is one of Indonesia’s strongest forces of choral music development. As founder and conductor of the Indonesian Children’s & Youth Choirs Cordana, who have gathered international recognitions and awards, and have been invited to perform in major cities worldwide among others as a guest choir to the National American Choral Director Association convention in 2007, International Federation of Choral Music in 2008, Musical Sacra Marktoberdorf in 2009 and San Juan - Argentina in 2012, World Youth Choral Festival- Basel in 2017, World Choral Expo- Portugal in 2019 and Kennedy Center- Washington D.C in 2018.
As a graduate of the Westminster Choir College,Princeton USA and as a sought after clinician, Aida Swenson conducts numerous workshops and adjudicates national and international events. As a jury member Aida attended choir festivals world wide among others in USA, Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Argentina, China, Latvia, Riminni- Italy and Africa.
Aida has spent many years traveling throughout provinces of Indonesia creating and leading choirs, giving master classes, and training choral conductors.
However, her professional endeavors are largely but not limited to her choral clinician activities.
Her professional activities include: Council Member of the World Choir Games for Indonesia; Member of the Advisory to INTERKULTUR World Choir Games; Chairman of the National Foundation for the Development of Choral Music in Indonesia LPPN, Member of Advisory of the Foundation of Church Music( YAMUGER); Member of the committee Asia Pacific Choral Symposium -IFCM; Artistic Director of National Christian Student Choir Competition in Indonesia and other international choir competitions.
Aida is featured in the “World Who is Who in Choral Music”. Her personal commitment to her musical endeavors in Indonesia is not only centered on her vision in furthering the quality of children’s choral development. Aida is a pillar of change, of progression, and of energy to achieve unassailable quality in choral music in Indonesia and internationally.
Fred Sjöberg, Sweden
Fred Sjöberg, born 1953, is an educated singer and choral conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Örebro. Among others he has studied with Prof. Solwig Grippe, Prof. Eric Ericson and Prof. Helmuth Rilling. He has been the first conductor to conduct the three major international youth choirs as World Youth Choir (1991 and 2005), World Chamber Choir (1993) and European Youth Choir (1999). He has been the principal conductor for the French National Youth Choir and invited guest conductor for Japan National Youth Choir. When the Swedish organization for young choirs “UngiKör” started he was elected as their first president. In 2000 he was appointed as the “Conductor of the Year” in Sweden by SCDA (Swedish Choral Directors Association) appointed with the Johannes Norrby Medallion 2001 for outstanding and service and development to the Swedish Choral Life. From 1997 to 2004 he was the Music Director and conductor of the biggest sponsor project ever for the Swedish Choral life in Sweden called “Notes for Millions”. From 2000 to 2004 he was also Music Director of the Swedish Choral Centre as well as Artistic Director for Lund International Choral Festival from 2005 to 2006. Since 2009 he is Music Director of Swedish International Choral Centre in Örebro. Fred Sjöberg has been Vice President of Europa Cantat as well as President of the Music Commission of Europa Cantat and has also been Vice President of IFCM. He is Council Member of INTERKULTUR and also on the Artistic Directorium of INTERKULTUR. From 2015 he is General Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR.
Andrey Dumchenko, Russia
Laureate of International Competitions as a conductor, composer and teacher. Honorary Worker of Education of the Russian Federation. Head of the Laureate of the International Competitions of the Junior Choir of the «Iskra» Children's Choir Studio at the Na Lenskoy Children's School of St. Petersburg, the artistic director of the Laureate of the International Competitions of the «Cantabile» Children's Choir Studio of the Children's Choir Studio of the Moskovsky District of St. Petersburg, senior methodologist of the City Educational and Methodological Association of the leaders of children's choir groups additional education in St. Petersburg.
Author of teaching materials, manuals and articles on working with a children's choir. As a composer, he published several author's choir collections for children and adult choirs. Some works are published in St. Petersburg, Moscow in repertoire collections of music for the choir. Winner of the GRAND PRIX of the international composer competition "Ethnomiriada" in 2019.
Leonardo Sagliocca, Italy
Leonardo Sagliocca is an italian bass-baritone. He is also co-founder of the “Florence International Choir Festival” and invited as member of the jury in important Festivals like The Singing World in Saint Petersburg, the Choral Festivals in Bratislava, the Credo Festival in Tallinn, the Nederlands Koor Festival in Haarlem, the Mozart Festival in Prague, the Juozas Naujalis and Kaunas Cantat Festivals in Kaunas, the Monteverdi Choral Competition in Venice, the Mundus Cantat Festival in Sopot, the Silver Bells Festival in Daugavpils. He is also regularly invited as member of committee in official auditions. He was invited, in August 2014, as lecturer in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea. In May 2015 has been invited for masterclasses on opera repertoire for soloists in China in very important institutions like Peking University (PKU), Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing and Xi’an Conservatory of Music (XACOM). Last June 2016 he has been invited to give masterclasses in China in important institutions such as: East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Zhongshan University, South China Normal Unive.
Leonardo Sagliocc began the soloist career in 1993 in Italy and all over the world, in the fields of symphonic, oratorial, operatic music and from the middle age music to the contemporary. He performed as soloist with the following Associations and Musical Institutions: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence main theatre and one of the oldest Festivals of the world), Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto (Umbria), Sagra Musicale Umbra (Perugia), Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago (where Giacomo Puccini composed many of his masterpieces), Ravenna Festival (organized by the wife of the great italian conductor Riccardo Muti), Nuova Cappella di Palazzo (Lucca), Associazione Musicale Lucchese (Lucca), Amici della Musica Firenze (Florence), Centro Busoni (Empoli), Festival Internazionale di San Gimignano (San Gimignano,Siena), Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (Florence), Centro Internazionale di Musica Antica (CIMA,Rome), Tuscia Opera Festival (Viterbo, Italy), Orchestra della Toscana (ORT,Florence), Estate Regina (Montecatini Terme), South Bank Centre (London Philharmonic Orchestra Festival, London), Jeszienny Salon Muszyczny, Szceczin (Poland), Musiksommer Loisachtal (Germany). He performed together with world famous artists like: Gino Bechi, Rolando Panerai, Leo Nucci, Luis Alva, Gennaro Sica, Susanna Rigacci, Victor Micallef, Giorgio Casciarri, Duccio Dal Monte, Marina Comparato, Barbara Di Castri, Filippo Adami, Leonardo De Lisi, Alfie Boe etc. He performed with the following conductors: Salvatore Accardo, Claudio Scimone, Alberto Veronesi, Lu Jia, James Lockhart, Massimo De Bernart, Jeffrey Tate, Vinko Globokar, Claudio Desderi, Filippo Maria Bressan, Herbert Handt, Alessandro Pinzauti, Marco Balderi, Jonathan Brandani, Elisabetta Maschio, Riccardo Cirri, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Federico Bardazzi, Fabio Neri, Riccardo Martinini, Federico Sardelli, Sergio Siminovich, Marco Severi, Augusto Vismara, Giovan Battista Varoli, Piero Papini, Carlo Moreno Volpini, Franz Schottky etc. He performed with the following directors: Paolo Miccichè, Luciano Alberti, Aldo Tarabella, Luca Ferraris, Riccardo Diana, Gennaro Sica, Graziella Sciutti etc. He sang for the first time in the world works by Ennio Morricone, Luca Lombardi, Franco Mannino, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Riccardo Riccardi always in front of the composers and under their supervision. He has also performed many recitals with piano players, small vocal groups, small orchestras and big orchestras in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Munchen, Frankfurt, Koln, Kassel, Sczeczin, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Zurich, Lugano, New Zealand, Australia and regularly in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Niigata). He is permanent member of high level Ensembles like the “Ensemble San Felice” of Florence,Italy, the “Nuova Cappella di Palazzo” of Lucca,Italy and the “Cappella Musicale di Santo Stefano” of Prato, Italy. He is co-founder of the “Ensemble San Felice”, a vocal and instrumental group specialized in early music, with original instruments. With the Ensemble he performed, among others, “Vespro della Beata Vergine” of C. Monteverdi, Haendel’s “Messiah” and “The Fairy Queen” by H. Purcell. He cooperated as talent scout, teacher and soloist singer with the “Maggio Fiorentino Formazione”, the formation agency of the main theater in Florence and one of the more historical and important festivals in Italy, the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”. He recorded actually 8 cd’s published and sold all over the world for the following labels (Tactus, Bongiovanni, Kicco Classic, Clavis, Brilliant Classics).
Jessica Fedora Amadea, Indonesia
Jessica Fedora Amadea is an aspiring young Choir Director and Conductor in Indonesia. Currently directing several choirs in Indonesia with different age groups, Purwa Caraka Music Studio Children Choir, 78 Youth Choir, Paduan Suara Tara Salvia, Penabur Children Choir and Paduan Suara Svara Prasetya. With the Choirs, Jessica have actively participated and received numerous awards including Grand Prix Winner, Category Winner, Best Program and others in various International Choir Festivals and Competitions such as in Spain, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Croatia, Czech and others.
In 2018, Jessica and Purwa Caraka Music Studio Children Choir was invited by the Distinguished Concerts International New York to perform Alberto Grau’s new composition world premiere “La Avispa Brava” at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York City which was conducted by Maria Guinand. The same year, they receive three awards, including best children album award at Anugerah Musik Indonesia (The Indonesian Music Award). They were also honored to sing the Indonesian National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of 2018 Asian Games, Jakarta. In 2019 they also perform Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.3 in D Minor with Jakarta City Philharmonic Orchestra at Jakarta Theater.
She began her journey in Choir scene at early age when she joined Paduan Suara Anak Indonesia (Indonesian Youth and Children Choir - Cordana) under the direction of Aida Swenson Simanjuntak. She studied conducting with Budi Utomo Prabowo (Indonesia) and have been awarded Best Conductor and Most Inspiring Conductor at several Choir Competition. Jessica is also regularly invited as adjudicator and guest speaker at many Indonesian choir competition, festivals and other events. Recently, Jessica has organized various virtual choir performances for virtual concerts and virtual competition purposes with her choirs and also for other choirs.
Larisa Yarutskaya, Russia
Larisa Yarutskaya - Head of the Academic Choir Department of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture. Teaches students - future choir conductors. Teaches disciplines - choiral conducting, lectures on the disciplines "Methods of working with a children's choir", "Contemporary choral music" from the best children's choir groups in Russia - the children's choir "PERZVONY", which is a multiple winner of various Grand Prix awards (18 awards since 2014). Has government and state awards, including: the St. Petersburg Government Prize the "Woman of the year" in the nomination "Culture and Art", the award of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation" The best teacher of the children's art school", "Honored worker of culture of the Russian Federation" , many articles and methodological literature have been written.
Soundarie David Rodrigo, Sri Lanka
Soundarie David Rodrigo, is a Pianist, Music Educator,Choraldirector, Composer, and Intellectual Property Lawyer. She pursed her musicaleducation at the Royal College of Music, London, specializing in piano performance and piano accompaniment. She also pursued her legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she specialized in Entertainment Law,having being a recipient of the Rotary World PeaceScholarship. Soundarie is the Founder and Music Director of Sri Lanka's premiere female ensemble 'Soul Sounds' the first choir in Sri Lanka to perform and win awards internationally. Over the last sixteen years Soul Sounds has given highly acclaimed performances in India, Australia, China, Kuwait, Austria, France, USA,Malaysia and South Africa,thus placing Sri Lanka on the map of nternationalchoralMusic. She is the Founder of one of SriLanka's leading Mus c Academies - The SoulSounds Academy focusing on all aspects of music. The Academy focuses on Music Education for young children starting at the age of 5 and has classes for Voice, Piano,Violin, Music Therapy, Drums, Guitar, and basic appreciation of Music classes.
Soundarie has directed many Music Productions and has collaborated with many artists for concert recitals. Soundarie is also the Sri lankan Representative on the World Choir CouncilCouncilfor INTERKULTUR - the International Organisation that hosts severalcelebrated lnternationa I Choral Festivals and Competitions.
She also regular y serves as a jury member at international choral competitions. She was one of the judges for the franchised talent show 'SriLanka's got Talent' Soundar e plays an important role Inthe promotion of culture and artsin Sri Lanka and the region. She was the Deputy Director at the SAARC Cultural Centre based in Sri Lanka from 2010 having set up all its programs from inception andlater on was Director, Programs for the Colombo CulturalHub rill 2018. Her awards include the SAAAC Woman of Achievement Award,the Zonta Award,the Bunka Award presented by the Japan/Sri Lanka Association and most recently the Women InManagement Award 2019/ 20 for the Arts and CreativeIndustry.
Tatyana Rudneva, Kazakhstan
Tatyana Rudneva (soprano) she graduated from Kurmangazy Alma-Ata State Conservatory on class of solo signing in 1985. She got the second higher education on specialty “Psychology” in 2007. She graduated from fellowship of Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (Academy) named after M.I. Glinka (Russia) on specialty “Academic Signing”. Term of pedagogical employment is more than thirty years. At the present time she is docent of department “Vocal Art and Conducting” of the Kazakh National University of Arts (Astana. Kazakhstan).
T.N. Rudneva works with all signing voices, conducts class of solo signing and chamber class, reads lecture courses on methods and history of vocal art. Students of T.N. Rudneva class a lot of times were laureates of international and republican contests. Alumni of her class successfully continue professional activity as soloists of opera theatres, philharmonias in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, and also as pedagogues of academic and variety vocal in musical colleges and higher educational institutions. Scientific and pedagogic activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by writing of scientific articles and monographs on issues of history of establishment and development of Kazakhstan’s vocal art.
Concert and performance activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by solo concerts, creative contests, master classes, recordings on television. She sang solemn “Mass” during the official visit of head of the Roman-Catholic Church Pope John Paul the II in Kazakhstan in 2001. She sang solo concert “Ave Maria” dedicated to victims of terror of the XX century for religious confessions of the CIS countries and abroad in 2002. Ten musical and thematic programs were recorded on the republican television: “A.S. Pushkin and Music”, “A. Akhmatova in Music”, “Musical Heritage of Abai Kunanbayev”, “Romances of P.I. Tchaikovsky”, “Russian Romance of the XVIII-XIX Centuries”, “Evening of Classical Operetta” and others. Foundation recordings “Russian Folk Songs” and “Kazakh Folk Songs” were executed on all-Union radio.
Tatyana Rudneva is laureate of international contests, Honoured Worker of Education of the RK.
Lukas Gunawan Arga Rakasiwi, Indonesia
Choral conductor, composer and pianis, Lukas Gunawan Arga Rakasiwi was born in Purworejo, Indonesia. He studied Music Education at Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia.
Arga was member of Asia Pacific Youth Choir 2015 that performed in Milan and Macau, ASEAN Youth Choir 2017 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and ASEAN-Russia Symphony Orchestra and Choir 2011 (Bali, Indonesia). He was selected to be part of World Youth Choir 2018-2021 session (2020-2021 session has unfortunately been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic). With this choir, he performed in tour concerts in China, France, and Portugal.
Arga currently conducts a choir named PSM Swara Wadhana Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. With this choir, he got “Outstanding Conductor” and Grand Prix winner in World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival 2019. He has been invited to be an adjudicator, guest conductor in several choirs, and clinician at choral workshop in Indonesia.
German Shakhramanian, Russia
German Shakhramanian was born on June 23, 1943 in the city of Baku (Azerbaijan). In 1975, also in Baku, he graduated from the Azerbaijan Conservatory as a choir conductor.
In 1977, he moved to Krasnoyarsk (Siberia), where in 1978 he organized the Krasnoyarsk amateur Women's Choir of Teachers. With this choir, he later became a laureate of international choir competitions in Germany, Italy, Israel, Belgium, Austria, Japan, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, and Greece.
In 1998, he organized mixed choir "Belcanto", with which became a laureate of international competitions in Ukraine, Macedonia, and Italy.
Now he continues to lead these two choirs.
Laureate of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor's Prize.
Justin Smith, USA
Dr. Justin Smith is an assistant professor of music and the director of choral activities at Queens University of Charlotte. He conducts three choirs and teaches courses in music history and conducting. For six years he was the director of choral activities and holder of the Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. Under his leadership, Marylhurst choirs grew from eighteen to a hundred singers and from one to three choirs.
Dr. Smith is the founder and director of the Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir, which has achieved international recognition. The Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir has won awards at the Cork Festival (2016), the European Choir Games (2017) and the Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival (2018). In 2020, they will appear by invitation at the Northwestern Regional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Spokane, Washington.
Dr. Smith is in demand as a judge and clinician. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in April of 2012, conducting the Fauré Requiem for MidAmerica Productions, and again in 2015, conducting the Randall Thompson Testament of Freedom. He conducted the Mozart Missa Brevis in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 2016. He is a scholar of American choral music, having been published twice in Choral Journal on neglected choral works of Marc Blitzstein and Vincent Persichetti. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the Oregon Music Educators Association.
D.M.A., Choral Conducting, Moores School of Music
M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Oregon
B.A., Music, Wesleyan University
Roberto Maggio, Italy
Roberto Maggio, Italy
Flute teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Avellino.
Visiting Professor at Truman State University, University of Columbia-Missouri (USA), Silla University of Busan (South Korea), Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music (Nagoya - Japan).
He has given concerts in Italy, Austria, Holland, Greece, Poland, South Korea, USA, China and Japan.
As director of the Youth Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music in Avellino he has given concerts in Italy, Lithuania, Turkey.
He attended the courses of the Advanced Training School for choir conductors of the "Guido D 'Arezzo" Foundation.
He is director of the Laeti Cantores Choir of Salerno and of the Academia Vocal Ensemble.
He has held choral masterclasses at the VDU University of Kaunas (Lithuania) and the University Of Winchester (UK).
He has conducted, as a guest conductor, in France (vocal ensemble LA SESTINA of Nice), in Japan (Chamber Choir of the Aichi Prefectural University of Nagoya), in the United Kingdom (Winchester Consort, chamber choir of the University Of Winchester and the 'ACADEMIA Vocal Ensemble) at the local cathedral.
He is a member of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)