Dr. Koo, Chun is a Korean conductor and educator of choral music who actually serves as the 9th artistic director and conductor of the National Chorus of Korea. Known for his “outstanding/excellent music interpretation,” Dr. Koo had spent two decades in the National Choir as the singer as well as the assistant conductor.
During the early years in the Choir, Dr. Koo also became interested in choral conducting as he was fascinated by the conductor, Youngsoo Nah and his musical interpretation.
Dr. Koo had learned everything about choral conducting under the guidance of the conductor, Youngsoo Nah who became Koo Chun’s mentor later. Eventually, Koo Chun received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Gwangju in South Korea.
Prior to his work from 1988 to 2005, he had taught the choral music at Chu-Gye University. He also had lectured at Jeonju University, Chonnam National University, Kunsan National University, Yeungnam University, and University of Ulsan. Since 2005, he has taught as professor at the University of Gwangju.
Dr. Koo began his career in choral conducting, as he became the principal conductor at the Jeonj Civic Choir in 2000. During his eight-years tenure, the Jeonju Civic Choir was invited to the Jeju International Choral Festival for five consecutive years and the choir was considered as one of the tops in the country. In 2005, the choir had Midwest touring in the United States which was the their first overseas performance.
Dr. Koo became the director and the chief conductor for the Gwangju Metropolitan Choir in 2007.At that time, He was focused on his energy bringing up the musical quality of the choir. In 2008, his choir was the first choir from Korea to be invited to the Japan Choral Association Seminar in Ciba. The attendance of the Seminar hailed the choir’s performance as “a wondrous experience.”
In 2012, Dr. Koo was invited to become the artistic director and the conductor for Ulsan Metropolitan Choir. In 2014, the Choir was invited to NCACDA to perform in front of the choir world. In July of 2014, Dr. Koo was appointed as the 9th artistic director of the National Chorus of Korea as he devotes himself for Korean choirs’ global recognition.