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Thomas Caplin

Conductor of the Defrost Youth Choir

Professor Thomas Caplin, was born in 1960 in Malmö, Sweden and received his education as a singer and choir pedagogue in both Copenhagen and Stockholm. He is a conductor, composer, clinician and author, and specialises in the psychological/pedagogical aspects of choral leadership, coupled with the traditional perspectives of choral conducting and the overall running of a choir including all aspects. Another specialty of Prof. Caplin is the cross field between classical and rhythmical singing and conducting.

Prof. Caplin is frequently engaged as guest conductor and clinician, and as adjudicator in competitions. In addition to his employment at Inland University Norway, he is also co-founder of WCCN – World Choral Conducting Network, and former member of the World Choir Council.

Prof. Caplin has received international recognitions for his leadership of the following choirs: The Lund University Male Choir (prominent male choir from University of Lund, Sweden, World Choir Champions, Shaoxing 2010), Oslo University Male Choir (World Choir Champion, Xiamen, China 2006), Chamber Choir Collegium Vocale (Norway). He currently conducts the internationally renowned Defrost Youth Choir, and he is a member of the vocal group Nordic Blue.

In 2022, Prof. Caplin was awarded the prestigious prize “The Choir Prize” by the Norwegian Choir Association for his outstanding and dedicated work developing choir conductor’s training and building of Norwegian choir life.

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