Jong Won Park
Associate Professor of Music
D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University
M.M. Choral Conducting, Cleveland State University
M.M. Voice Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
B.M. Voice Performance, Yon-Sei University, Seoul, Korea
Robert Shaw Festival Chorale member (1990-1992)
Dr. Jong-Won Park is now in his ninth year as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), he teaches private voice lessons, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and conducting. Under the direction of Dr. Park, the Concert Choir has been privileged to perform at the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) Regional Convention in 2008, the Wisconsin Choral Director's Association Conference, and the Wisconsin Music Educators' Association Conference in 2004.
An active lecturer and clinician, Park has also given presentations throughout the United States, Korea and Japan. He has presented his lecture, "Breathing Without Breathing: Incorporating Tai Chi into Choral Warm-ups", at the ACDA Regional Convention in 2008 and the Wisconsin Music Educator's Association Conference in 2007. His article on the same topic was published in the ACDA Choral Journal in February of 2009. Recently, he founded the group, JW Chorale, in Seoul, Korea, which is a festival choir that rehearses for two weeks and perform in July. In addition, he formed a female semi-professional choir composed of selected UWRF students and alumni called the Lumina Cantorum.
Before his tenure at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Dr. Park held similar positions at Indiana University in Fort Wayne, Indiana (IPFW), Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and Auburn University in Alabama. Park earned a Bachelor of Music from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, a Masters of Music in Voice from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master's of Music in Conducting from Cleveland State University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. Jong-Won was also a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Choir and performed many times in France as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City. He studied conducting under Charles Smith, and his vocal training was under Ethel Armeling and Irvin Bushman.