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Performance by University Choir, HKUSTSU - Overture

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Performers

Dr Isaac Droscha, conductor
Ms Helen Lam, music director and conductor
University Choir, HKUSTSU


PROGRAM

  1. Thomas Greaves - Come Away, sweet love

  2. Morten Johannes Lauridsen - Dirait-on

  3. John Rutter - Open Thou Mine Eyes

  4. Ko Matsushita - Lights

  5. Jake Runestad - Please Stay

  6. Stephen Sondheim - No one is alone

  7. 石青如 - 如果明天就是下一生

  8. Stephen Schwartz - When you believe



ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Dr Isaac Droscha, conductor

Isaac Droscha is an operatic Bass-Baritone who has performed numerous roles with various regional companies in the United States, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera New Jersey and Arbor Opera Theater, for which he is currently serving as a board member. He has also worked for Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit and The Motor City Lyric Opera on Wheels, and most recently performed as Escamillio in Musica Viva’s production of The Story of Carmen in Hong Kong and as Leporello in a production of The Story of Carmen in Hong Kong and as Leoporello in a production of Don Giovanni at the Estates Theater in Prague, CZ. Other major roles from his repertoire include the title roles in Rossini’s ll barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the Musik Lehrer in Stauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Dr. Falke in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

He is also a prolific concert performer of oratorio and art song and has performed roles in Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Reqiuem, Mozart’s Reqiuem, and Hayden’s The Creation. He has sung as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphonette, The Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong. He received fellowships and Scholarships from the University of Northern lowa and the University of Michigan for Study. He performs recitals regularly in the United States, Russia, and Hong Kong, and is a frequent collaborator with Hong Kong MusicaViva.

Isaac received his Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and is a member of the academic fraternities Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.


Ms Helen Lam, music director and conductor

Helen Lam Hoi Yanis a pianist, singer, flutist, choral conductor, handbell conductorandan avid music lover.She has strong commitment in music education and performance over the years.

Lam holds a master degree of Choral Conducting awardedby University of Saint Joseph.  She also holds a bachelor degree of music(music education)from the Hong Kong Baptist University with first class honor, a bachelor degree of business administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technologyanda postgraduate diploma inpsychology from Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Lam obtained the Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music London (LTCL) in piano performance, Grade 8 Voice, Grade 8 Flute andGrade 8 Theoryfrom the Royal School of Music.

Lam studied choral conducting with Dr. Jerome Hoberman, Dr. Pedro Monteiroand Nancy Telfer, piano with Ma Cong, voice with Sofia Sierra and JeffieLeung, flute with Timothy Wilson, handbells with Ms Emily Li.  Lam participated in various performances, including Musicarama (2012), Youth Nation at TVB, Ocean Park 30th Anniversary, Handbell Symposium (Florida, 2008and Jeju 2014) and mass ring conductor of Hong Kong Handbell Festival from 2009-2011. She has been active in ringing with Double Mallet Ringers since 2008.She is a current chorus member ofHong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Chorusand the Cantacore Society.She is the music director and conductor of University Choir, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Community involvement is a highpriority forLam.  She is a church musician, serving in worship band and directing handchime choir. 

The University Choir, HKUSTSU

Established in 1994, The University Choir, HKUSTSU seeks to promote the art of choral singing, to arouse interest and to enhance choral singing standards of members from different schools of the University. Under the experienced guidance of the Music Director, Mr. Chiang Wai Man, The University Choir has progressed promisingly in both its performing repertoire as well as its performance proficiency and professionalism.

The University Choir also regularly performs for various occasions such as its yearly highlights - The Annual Performance, Fall Semester Performance, University Performances (e.g. My First Dinner@HKUST, Information Days, Alumni Gala Dinners etc.), Celebration Banquets etc. Recently in Year 2014, The University Choir has been granted Third Place in the 66th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, as recognition of quality performance.

On top of performances and weekly rehearsals, The University Choir organizes social activities such as the Orientation Day, Farewell Party etc., which have fostered unique bonds and nurtured strong friendships amongst choir members.


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