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August 19, 2019

Choral professor serves on International Choral Competition jury

Submitted by Blakely Bunning

Joshua Oppenheim, associate professor of music and co-director of choral studies, was the only American serving on the eight-panel jury for the 16th annual International Choral Competition July 19-21 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Oppenheim was joined by others jurists from Indonesia, Thailand, China, Canada, Singapore and the Philippines. The three-day international competition featured 34 choirs from various Southeast Asia countries including Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Inner Mongolia and China. Each choir was ranked on categories of performance of intonation/tuning, tone and vocal production, expression and musicianship, programming and literature. Seven choirs were selected to compete in the Grand Prix where the top three choirs were chosen and the Grand Prix winner received the $5,000 prize.

In addition to serving on the juried panel, Oppenheim was one of three jurists selected to present a masterclass on "Creating Effective and Efficiency in Conducting Gesture" for the competition performers and attendees.

Faculty in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance have received Grammy awards and nominations, and Emmy awards; produced recordings on international and national CD labels; published books and journal articles with international and national publishing houses and professional organizations; and performed and presented research in every continent in the world, except Antarctica. The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Visit k-state.edu/mtd to learn more about music, theatre and dance at K-State.