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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Gerard Yun


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Office Location: A216


Conductor, composer, global music performer and scholar, Dr. Gerard Yun trained as a conductor (choirs, orchestra, and opera) in The Western Classical tradition. As a choral/orchestral/opera conductor he held professional posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and The Colorado Lyric Theatre. Throughout his career in the U.S. he also led high level community-based ensembles such as the Sacramento Master Singers and The Chorus and Orchestra of Southern Utah. He was one of several Western conductors invited to study with conductors of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, Russia just after the fall of the Soviet Union.

His academic career has been shaped by interests in music education, choral singing, and the intersections of music as a global phenomenon. Although originally taken up as "hobbies of distraction" his work with instruments such as the Australian Didgeridoo and the Lakota Flute eventually became part of his professional portfolio. This is especially true of his work in Tuvan and Tibetan Overtone Singing and the Japanese Zen Buddhist Shakuhachi.

Before immigrating to Canada, Dr. Yun was Professor of Choirs and Voice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah and Director of Choral Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He now teaches courses in Music and Contexts and Global Musics in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University and conducts choirs at WLU and Conrad Grebel University College. He also serves as instructor of Japanese shakuhachi at York University. Dr. Yun is Artistic Director of Waterloo’s  East-West Concert Series and serves on a number of community music boards. He has received commissions for original compositions from ensembles including The DaCapo Chamber Choir, The Utah All-State Choirs, The Hamilton Children's Choir, and the Madawaska String Quartet. His scholarly/artistic interests include choral improvisation, contemplative music practice, and ethics in cross-cultural music performance. Dr. Yun is currently in demand as a workshop clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator across North America.