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Dr. Miguel Felipe
Director of Choral Activities
University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
2017-2018 Interim
Director of Choral Activities
Boston University

Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe is Director of Choral Activities ad interim at Boston University where he
serves as a visiting associate professor and leads their graduate choral conducting program. He is also Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he is an Associate Professor of Music on sabbatical for the 2017–18 academic year.

Felipe is active in the US, Asia, South America, and Europe. Upcoming and recent engagements
include leading choirs in the Spain, Brazil, and Texas; presenting masterclasses in Sweden, Singapore, and Pennsylvania; and adjudicating choirs in Indonesia, Germany, and Arizona. Felipe’s choirs have performed internationally and domestically, often to high praise: “the [ensemble], under the direction of Miguel Felipe, has progressed to the point that it is simply a fine vocal instrument in absolute terms.”

A devoted supporter of new music and lesser known masterpieces, Felipe has commissioned
extensively and spoken at US events about the composer-conductor relationship. His programs often meld adventurous with traditional repertoire exploring with audiences and singers an evolving, global choral traditional. His research focuses on choral innovations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, on concepts of the influence of choral societies in cultural development, and on conducting pedagogy.

Felipe has served on the faculty of Oberlin College & Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory at
Berklee, Brown University, and Mount Holyoke College. He has led choirs at Harvard University; the Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto (Brazil); and in various churches including the Lutheran Church of Honolulu where he served as the Director of Music and Liturgy from 2011–2014.

A frequent guest conductor, Felipe has been described as a “a dynamic young conductor who had clearly committed himself to bringing the best” of singers. He’s active as vice president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, as the vice/past president of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and as a member of Chorus America. Felipe is a proud member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

Felipe earned his BM, summa cum laude, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
Music, and his MM and DMA at Boston University where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt.


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Dr. Pearl Shangkuan
Director of Choral Activities
Calvin College

Dr. Pearl Shangkuan is a 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, Europe 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 ACDA 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 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 and New York Philharmonic chorusmaster 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.
Your singers can be a part of an unforgettable singing experience at the ACDA-PA Conference this year! All are invited to participate in the 2017 ACDA-PA Summer Conference Festival Choir! In combination with the Summer Conference at Elizabethtown College on August 4th & 5th, the Festival Choir will be made up of singers from around the state, including yours! Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, Director of Choral Activities at Calvin College, will lead this exciting event. The 2017 Festival Choir includes two days of music-making, followed by a performance in the lovely Leffler Chapel on the campus of Elizabethtown College. Registration is only $50 and includes scores, meals, and a musical experience your singers will never forget! Encourage them to be a part of the 2017 ACDA-PA Summer Conference Festival Choir, a community of singing!!

2017 ACDA-PA Summer Conference Festival Choir Schedule

Friday, August 4
1:00 Registration
2:00-5:45 Rehearsal
5:45-7:15 Dinner (Elizabethtown College Market Place)
7:30 Concert – Voces Solis

Saturday, August 5
7:00-8:15 Breakfast
8:30-10:15 Rehearsal
10:30-12:00 Rehearsal
12:00-1:15 Lunch (Elizabethtown College Market Place)
1:15-2:30 Rehearsal
3:00 Concert

Register HERE!