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Joseph Kim is a graduate student at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music pursuing his Master's degree in choral conducting under the direction of Dr. James Bass. During his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, Joe discovered his passion for choral music while serving as president and tenor of Schola Cantorum, ASU's premiere undergraduate mixed ensemble. It was then that he also realized his love of working with students and singers alike. Joe has since remained an active member of the choral community, performing with groups such as Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Ars Choralis of Woodstock, and appearing as soloist in various singing groups around the country. In 2012, Joe began his career as a board certified music therapist, specializing in hospice and palliative care. He looks forward to applying his skills as a music therapist in his role as a conductor.

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Mark Myers is currently pursuing his DMA in Choral Conducting at the Herb Alpert School of Music. A native of Northeastern Indiana, he arrived at UCLA after many years as a choral music educator and freelance musician in the Chicago area.

For 12 years, Mark taught choral music and music theory at Waubonsie Valley High School, serving an extremely diverse student population from the western Chicago suburbs of Aurora and Naperville, Illinois. During his tenure at WVHS, the music department was recognized on five occasions as a GRAMMY Signature School and twice as a GRAMMY Gold Signature School. Mark helped to develop a large and inclusive program of traditional concert choirs and chamber ensembles, pop a cappella groups, a 135-voice all school unity chorus, and nationally recognized show choirs.

Under his direction, WVHS vocal ensembles performed across the globe, from New York City to Los Angeles and Australia to South Africa in venues including the House of Blues, Sydney Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. The choirs also collaborated with a number of professional artists and ensembles, including Vusi Mahlasela, Sowah Mensah, Kirk Whalum, Anders Åstrand, Dolora Zajick, the Native Jazz Quartet, Chanticleer, and the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Prior to his time at Waubonsie Valley, Mark was a conductor on the staff of both of Chicagoland’s world-renowned children’s choruses, Anima - Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Chicago Children’s Choir. He has also been extremely honored to serve as a guest conductor for high school and middle school concert choirs and show choirs throughout the United States. Mark also maintains a busy schedule as a freelance arranger.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he was named the Outstanding Music Major, and a Master of Music from Northwestern University, where he was the Program Honors recipient in Music Education.

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Ryan R. Brown is a choral conductor and baritone living in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently an Associate Conductor of the National Children's Chorus, Teaching Assistant at UCLA, and an Ensemble Artist with Seraphic Fire and De Angelis. Ryan is studying Choral Conducting with Dr. James Bass at UCLA. Some of his previous appointments include serving as Artistic Director of the professional vocal ensemble "Diamonds From The Dust," Artistic Director of the Wachusett Community Choir, Choral Director at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA, and as singer and conductor in "Triad: Boston's Choral Collective." In 2014, Ryan graduated as valedictorian at Westminster Choir College where he studied Music Education. As a lover of everything very old and very new he especially enjoys performing music of the renaissance, baroque, and contemporary periods. Some of Ryan’s recent performances include the role of "Pontifex" in Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and various modern operas with companies including the Spoleto Festival and Lincoln Center Festival.

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