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Artist-in-Residence Programme

The Artist-in-Residence Programme is a new initiative of HKICF2024 that aims to enhance the quality and diversity of choral singing in Hong Kong. 

Through this programme, we aim to facilitate international exchanges for choirs in Hong Kong. We will begin by matching outstanding school choirs with suitable overseas experts. These experts will serve as resident conductors for the matched school choirs during the choral festival, providing multiple coaching sessions to the same choir. Ultimately, the experts will lead the coached choirs in the Artist-in-Residence Programme Finale Concert at a large performance venue, showcasing the highest level of choral music in the choral festival. This concert will allow the public to appreciate the essence of choral artistry.

The programme also aims to foster a spirit of cooperation and friendship among the top school choirs in Hong Kong, who are often rivals in traditional competitions. HKICF2024 hopes that through this programme, the students will realise that there is much to gain from working together and sharing their experience with each other.

Participating Schools

Taiwan

​Artistic Director and Conductor of the Müller Chamber Choir

Diocesan Boys’ School

The Diocesan Boys’ School (DBS) Choir consists of the school’s most outstanding choristers in the senior forms. It is a group that performs and competes frequently in Hong Kong and overseas. 

In recent years, the DBS Choir has won accolades such as the “Best Boys Choir of the Year” and the “Most Outstanding Choir of the Year” at the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. The Choir has also travelled overseas to various countries to compete in the international choral festivals including the World Choir Games, the International Johannes Brahms Choir Competition (Germany) etc, receiving various awards and critical acclaim.

Norway

Conductor of the Defrost Youth Choir

Heep Yunn School

Heep Yunn School is a Christian Girls’ High School and has a long tradition in choral singing since the 1950s. The choristers have great passion for choral singing and the repertoire covers a wide range of genre, from Chinese to western, local to international, classical to popular, folk to contemporary.

The choir actively participated in local and international music festivals. The choir was chosen as the Best Girls’ Choir and the Most Outstanding Choir of the year 2018 and 2019 in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. In July 2023, the Choir has recently been to the 12th World Choir Games, Gangneung 2023 and came back with two gold medals in the championship competitions.

USA

Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor, Cincinnati Youth Choir

Sacred Heart Canossian College

Sacred Heart Canossian College Choir has nurtured 87 girls with the age of 13 to 17. The choir participates in various local and international choral competitions every year and has achieved remarkable results.

In 2008, the choir made the first debut in the international choral competition and received the Gold Award in the Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choral Festival. In the 4th European Choir Games, the choir won the championship in the category Musica Sacra with Accompaniment with St Paul’s College Choir, and was awarded Gold Medals in the categories of GP2 Youth Choirs & GP6 Musica Sacra with Accompaniment in the Grand Prix of Nations 2019 (Gothenburg, Sweden). 

Besides actively participating in various choral events and competitions, the choir has participated and given performances at charitable organisations, such as the Opening Ceremony of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Leadership Institute, Christmas Carolling at Canossa Hospital, etc.

Venezuela/ USA

Professor of University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

St. Paul’s Co-educational College

The Senior Mixed Voice Choir of St. Paul’s Co-educational College was founded in 1949. Aside from the many accolades it has received in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the Choir has also appeared in numerous prominent public performances both locally and internationally, including the World Choir Games, Europa Cantat, and Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. The Choir has also benefited from its collaboration with groups such as the Harvard Glee Club, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

The Choir has also premiered works by such noted composers as Mark Hayes, Victor Chen, Chen Yi, Warren Lee and Jonathan Rathbone. The Choir was the dedicatee of Victor Chen’s anthem, Ye Did It Unto Me, which was commissioned and recorded on the CD album, Faith Hope Love on Naxos in 2010.

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