Raymond M. Cho, Founder & Emeritus Conductor
The genius behind the activities of the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and its founder is its director, Raymond M. Cho. Maestro Cho, a flutist by training, received his early musical education in his native country, Seoul, South Korea. As a young man, he was a flutist for the Korean Army Symphony Orchestra. He received both his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees at the California Institute of the Arts. Maestro Cho has taught at the Sherman School of Music as well as in the Compton High School District. Currently, he serves as dean of the Eubanks Conservatory of the Music and Arts in Los Angeles.
He has performed in goodwill concerts throughout Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Formosa, the Philippines, Okinawa and Vietnam. In 1985 and again in 1989, he was invited to China to conduct the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and was appointed the permanent guest conductor of the Shen Zhen Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra in the 71st Annual Easter Sunrise Service at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Maestro Cho has performed on television and radio several times throughout his career.
In October 1991, Maestro Cho was awarded the prestigious “Prix de Martell,” whose recipients include such notables as Sir George Solti and Zubin Mehta, and in December 1991, he was recognized by the government of the Republic of South Korea for his outstanding contribution to the Korean-American community in Southern California.
IM SANG YOON Conductor 지휘자 소개
IM SANG YOON is the director of the Music Department and a Professor of Choral Conducting at the World Mission University (WMU). He is well known for his passionate interpretations, and outstanding performances of major choral works with orchestra. He is also a clinician and lecturer, who has conducted master classes and seminars in America and in South Korea. He lectured at the Epochal Choral Seminar, the largest choral seminar in Korea, and was also a lecturer and a clinician at the Jubilate Press seminar.
He has been involved in numerous benefit concerts involving the Korean-American communities. Some of his benefit concerts were: Food for Needy, 2009, 2010, -Oratorio Messiah by Handel, Elijah by Mendelssohn, WMU Scholarship Concert 2009 – Walt Disney Hall, Symphony #9 by Beethoven, Na Num Mission – Youth drug prevention center, 2011 – A Mid-Night Summer Dream by Mendelssohn, Korean War Veteran Memorial Concert, 2008 – Requiem by Verdi, and Korean Festival Day, 2007 – Gun, Gon, Gam, Ri by Hyo Won Woo.
He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Chung Ang University in Seoul. Since moving to the United States, he continued his studies in Choral and Instrumental Conducting at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he studied under William Dehning and Hans Beer, and completed the Master of Music program in Choral Conducting. He subsequently received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting at American Conservatory of Music (ACM) in Chicago, where he studied with Dr Richard Schultz, a former chair of the Telemann Society.
He established the School of Music at the Shepherd University and served as a professor there, and then moved to the World Mission University and founded its music department. Currently, he serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra (LAKPO), the Los Angeles Korean Musicians Association (LAKMA), and the Music Director of WMU Chamber Choir.