Studiorum Series 2015
Kodaly Academy of Music Singapore (KAM) presents the “Studiorum Series” – short music studies via workshops, lectures, exchanges and music projects held for the betterment of our local and regional music community. We aim to provide and facilitate cutting edge music, art and pedagogy to artists, music educators and students in pursuit of continuing education and life-long learning. KAM is privileged to collaborate with the International Kodaly Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary) for its activities.
Studiorum Series: Dr. Miguel Felipe (1-3 February 2015)
We have invited renowned American conductor Dr. Miguel Felipe to give choral workshops for the first instalment of our 2015 Studiorum Series!
Miguel Angel Felipe was born and began his musical studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today, Dr. Felipe is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He also serves as director of music and liturgy at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Most recently, he was Visiting Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the Oberlin College & Conservatory, Artistic Director of the Boston Choral Ensemble, and Artistic Director of the International Meeting on Choral Music at the University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Before that, he was Interim Choral Director and Visiting Lecturer in Music at Mt. Holyoke College, Associate Director of Choral Studies at The Boston Conservatory, and Assistant Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum at Harvard University. He has conducted choirs at the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, Brown University, and Harvard University. He has led community choirs in Maine, Massachusetts, and Ohio, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Eastern US and in South America and Southeast Asia.
Felipe studied at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy where earned a diploma in piano and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude. After relocating to Boston, Felipe attended the Pierre Monteux School and studied conducting at Boston University where he earned his graduate degrees studying with Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
As a performer, Felipe advocates for new music and has commissioned and premiered dozens of works for chamber orchestra; wind ensemble; women’s, men’s, and mixed chorus. In 2007 Felipe established the Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition: the Northeast’s largest choral commissioning project of its kind. As a researcher and teacher, Felipe’s research interests focus on choral innovations in Indonesia, choral societies’ influence in cultural development, and conducting pedagogy.
Felipe is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the International Federation for Choral Music, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
For his complete biography, please click here.