I am committed to raising up the next generation of musicians and people whose love for each other and dedication for their craft is at the center of their musicmaking.
I am currently the Artistic Director of the Southeast Minnesota Youth Orchestras and Principal Conductor for un/pitched. un/pitched is an organization dedicated to bringing together composers, performers, and audiences through innovative concerts and educational presentations. As their principal conductor and an officer of their board, I help shape un/pitched’s artistic goals, write grants, and help plan each season. Recently, I served as the Music Director of the Ithaca College Sinfonietta, the Assistant Conductor of Orchestras at Ithaca College, and the Orchestra Director at Savoyards Ithaca for two seasons and has led them on their productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Rupert Holme’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I have also served as principal conductor of the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble as well as the Gamer Symphony in addition to guest conducting at Cornell University.
Prior to moving to Ithaca, I founded and was the Artistic Director of the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra which has now become a beloved musical organization at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt University, I had the opportunity to conduct the world premieres of Elliott Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson (Full Version) with the internationally-renown violinist Peter Sheppard-Skærved and Facebook Chronicles. These world premieres were sponsored by BMI and received great acclaim by Mr. Schwartz who attended the concert. In Nashville, I also served as production assistant to Jim Gray, one of the most prominent arrangers and orchestrators in Nashville. With Mr. Gray, I supervised recording sessions, prepared music, and engraved manuscripts.
I have collaborated with internationally-recognized soloists such as Jeremy Wilson (formerly, Vienna Philharmonic), Peter Sheppard-Skærved (Royal Academy of Music, London), and Malcolm Bilson. My conducting studies with respected conductors include Larry Rachleff, Kenneth Kiesler, Neil Varon, Donald Schleicher, Henry Charles Smith III, Courtney Lewis, and Octavio Más-Arocas.
As an advocate for contemporary and new music, I have worked with and premiered many works by professional and student composers including Elliott Schwartz, Chinary Ung, and Charles Rochester Young.
When I am not conducting or studying scores, I am cooking, orchestrating, hiking, canoeing, computer programming, reading, and writing.
You can visit my developer website at https://keehun.dev