Greetings Friends! Now that we are all back following the winter holiday, I hope you are all finding early success and reasons to love your singers (and your conductors)! This is an extremely busy time for all of us and with the ACDA Division Conferences beginning in just about three weeks, there seems to be added urgency and excitement to all we do. A key feature of each division conference will highlight the International Conductors Exchange Program and our special guests, or Visiting International Conductors (VIC) from South Korea. I encourage you to seek out these individuals out at your division conferences this spring to learn more about their accomplishments and what they hope to achieve as participants in the 2016 ICEP exchange. In this, the third installment of the 2016 ICEP VIC Spotlight, I am delighted to introduce Dr. Jeffery Ames and Dr. Jung Jin Baek.
Dr. Jeffery Ames
Jeffery Ames serves as Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. His prior appointments include Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University and Choral Director at Edgewater High School and Lincoln High School in Florida. As a choral clinician, Dr. Ames has conducted senior and junior high school mixed and male choirs at the state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, including the inaugural Florida Male All-State Chorus, and annually at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Choir. He has performed and guest conducted internationally in the countries of Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Estonia. Professor Ames holds the Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Choral Music Education and a Master of Choral Music Education degree from The Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree, with a double major in Vocal Performance and Piano Accompanying, from James Madison University. He is currently President for the Tennessee ACDA, and holds the honor of being the first recipient of the National ACDA James Mulholland Choral Music Fellowship.
Dr. Jung Jin Baek
Based out of Seoul, South Korea, Jung Jin Baek is currently the conductor of the Bethlehem Choir and the Vespers Choir at YoungNak Presbyterian Church. His teaching career includes recent posts at the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Ewha Women's University, Hansei University as well as an assistanship at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Dr. Baek will be a guest of ACDA in the Central Division this spring from February 23 to March 10. He will also be featured at the 2016 Central Division Division Conference. For more information, please contact the ICEP Central Division Liaison Dr. Jeremy Jones (email@example.com) for more information.