Conductor: Dr. Pearl Shangkuan
A sought after conductor and clinician all across the United States and in Asia, 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 (Covenant Chair) of the Grand Rapids Symphony and has her own signature choral series with earthsongs. She also serves as the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship choral series, published by GIA. She is currently the vice president of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Central Division. Prior to her appointment at Calvin College, she taught at Rutgers University and at the Westminster Conservatory of Music of Rider University in New Jersey.
Her choirs have performed at national, regional and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and for other professional music organizations. She has led performances and given workshops all across the United States and in Asia, as well as in Australia and Canada. She has conducted all-state and honor choirs in numerous states, and has been a guest clinician and faculty for nationally recognized programs such as the Chorus America conducting masterclass, the Rene Clausen Choral School, the St. Olaf National Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts, the Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology Church Music Summer School, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM), and the Westminster Choir College Summer Session.
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. 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, MENC (Music Educators National Conference), IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music), MSVMA (Michigan State Vocal Music Association), and the Phi Kappa Lambda and Mu Phi Epsilon Music Honor Societies.
A student of preeminent 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. She received a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Dr. Kenneth Bos is an active pianist, organist, and accompanist who has performed in concerts throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, and the British Virgin Islands. He has accompanied the Calvin College Alumni Choir since 1980 and served for over twenty years as the accompanist for the Calvin College Oratorio Society. A graduate of Calvin College and the University of Michigan, he also received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from Michigan State University. Dr. Bos is the full-time accompanist for the Music Department of Grand Rapids Community College and is Organ Fellow of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and currently serves as organist, choir director, and Director of Music at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.