Young Jo Lee(b. 1943) was born in Korea, received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul. He continued his studies with Carl Orff and Wilhelm Killmayer at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, Germany. After receiving his Doctorate from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, he subsequently served as chairman of the Theory and Composition Department from 1989 to 1994. As a guest composer of the New Music Festival of the International Society of Contemporary Music(ISCM) from 1985 to 1987, he worked in Budapest, Amsterdam, and Wurzburg, Germany. He was appointed as a composer in residence at the New Music Festival of Maastricht(2005) Netherlands, Moscow Contemporary Music Festival(2005) and Commissioned Composer at the University of Wisconsin, River Fall(2017). The Korean National University of Arts invited him as a professor of composition eventually he became Dean of the School of Music(1994-2008), Director of the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts(2008-2012), Chairman of the Board of Koran Symphony Orchestra, Art Director of Korean-Russia Music Festival and Board member of Korean National Opera Company. Lee's music is characterized by strong Oriental feelings with a German theoretical influence. His chamber music, choral music, orchestral works are well known to the Asia and Europe. His opera Whang-Jinie staged in several cities such Seoul(1999, 2007, 2012) Beijing in China(2000), Tokyo in Japan(2001), Los Angeles in United States(2002), Moscow in Russia(2003) and Hanoi in Vietnam(2004). At present he is President of 20 Trillion Production Korea which produce Korean spiritual contemporary music.
Mark Anthony Carpio was chosen by National Artist of the Philippines, Andrea O. Veneracion to succeed her as choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers in 2001. Since then, Mark has taken the group to even greater heights, leading them to win first prizes in the various competitions in Europe. Under his leadership, the choir continues to fulfill a grueling schedule of annual international tours, national outreach programs and its regular concert season as the resident choir of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Mark also conducts the Sing Philippines Youth Choir, which draws its fifty members biennially from all provinces of the country, in honor of Andrea Veneracion, who established the vision of a nation singing together in harmony and united in song. A much sought-after choral clinician, Mark frequently gives extensive and in-depth workshops all over the Philippines and around the world. He is also frequently invited as adjudicator in choral competitions and as guest conductor. Mark is a faculty member of the Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music, where he earned his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and his Bachelor’s degree in Piano. He also directs the Consortium of Voices, a youth choir society consisting of the Kilyawan Boys Choir, Kilyawan Male Choir and the Voces Aurorae Girls Choir.
Prof. Ouk Sook Kim is, as the first female professional choral conductor in Korea, one of the Korean’s most distinguished and respected choral directors. Kim is a director of the Korean Choral Directors Association(KCDA) and now serves as a vice-chairperson of the KCDA. She was an ex-chairman of the Korean University Choral Association, a chairperson of the Department of Voice, Composition, & Choral Conducting of Hyupsung University and an artistic director of OS Chamber Choir. She began her conductor career as a director of Nanpa Boys & Girls Chorale and had completed international concerts of Eastern Europe. She has started teaching at Hyupsung University since 1990 and founded Hyupsung Master Chorale that has performed annual concerts and been invited at Korean Choral Festival, University Choral Festival and many occasions. She has founded OS Singers, a professional female ensemble in 1997 and soon after launched OS Chamber Choir(mixed voices). Kim’s goal is to represent contemporary global choral music and composers by focusing experimental and creative choral music. She studied choral conducting in United Sates of America at Mannes School of Music under Prof. Amy Kaiser and at SUNY Stony Brook under Prof. Karen Ahlquist. Also she studied at the graduate school Hartt School of Music and New England Music Conservatory under Prof. Laura Cook Deballon. She earned M. A. degree in Choral Conducting from Washington State University. She also researched twenty-century choral music with Prof. Paul Spicer of Royal College of Musician England as a visiting fellow.
Raul Talmar(b. 1959) graduated from the Tallinn Music Academy as choral conductor in 1982. He sang in mixed choir Noorus since1977 and was the choir’s principal conductor in 1991–2012. At present, he conducts the mixed choir K.O.O.R. and mixed choir of Tallinn University BFM Institute. Earlier, he has worked with the Academic Male Choir of the Tallinn University of Technology, the male choir of the Helsinki Trade University, the female choir of the Klementi Sewing Factory, the Pärnu Mattone Chamber Choir, the national girls’ choir Leelo, the Tallinn Russian Choir and Tallinn St. Charles Church Concert Choir. In 2006, he was nominated the Conductor of the Year by the Estonian Choral Association. Since 1993, Raul Talmar has conducted mixed and female choirs at the Youth Song Celebrations and since 2004 at all Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations. In 2011 he was the artistic director of the Estonian programme of the 16th Gaudeamus Students’ Song Festival. In 2018 Raul Talmar was Estonian artistic director of Europa Cantat Talinn 2018 and from the same year he is a Board member of EC-ECA. Raul Talmar is Assistant Proffessor of choral conducting in Tallinn University since 2008 and from June 2013 he is the President of Estonian Choral Association.
Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States. He is on the Executive Committee of the International Federation for Choral Music and serves as Vice-President. As an active choral conductor, researcher, composer, and writer, Tim has varied his career serving as university and seminary professor, and has held executive positions in music publishing, recording, and non-profit administration. He is in his tenth year as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. Prior to his leadership of ACDA and IFCM, Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, and earlier, Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. Dr. Sharp is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, with degrees in music and conducting from The School of Church Music (Louisville, KY), Belmont University (Nashville, TN), with post-graduate studies at the Aspen Music School, Harvard University, and Cambridge University.