The 2018 Honor Choir conductor is Dr. Pearl Shangkuan
Dr. Pearl Shangkuan is a highly sought after conductor, lecturer and clinician all across the United States and internationally. Director of Choral Activities and professor of Music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus master of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a Grammy-nominated professional orchestra. Her conducting and teaching engagements have taken her to Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Austria, France, Switzerland and all across Asia. Shangkuan has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the Calvin Choral series, published by GIA. In 2013, Michigan ACDA honored her with their Maynard Klein Choral Award for “artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music.” Her choirs have performed at American Choral Directors Association national, division and state conferences and for other professional music organizations.
She has conducted ACDA division honor choirs, all states, honor choirs and festivals in numerous states and internationally, and has headlined several ACDA state conferences. She has also served on the jury of several international choral competitions in Europe and Asia, and has been a guest faculty for programs in the US such as the Chorus America conducting masterclasses, the University of Michigan Choral Conducting Symposium among many others. She served as president of ACDA Central Division and Michigan ACDA, and has commissioned and premiered numerous choral works by composers performed in concert halls around the world. A student of pre-eminent American choral conductor 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, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey