ABOUT SPRINGFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY

Celebrating 50 years as part of the Springfield arts mosaic, the Springfield Choral Society offers an eclectic repertoire of secular and sacred music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Contemporary periods.


The Choral Society is known for high-quality performances presented in historically correct text settings and musical styles.  Its body of work includes masses and motets by the great masters, carols and celebratory pieces and a range of outstanding contemporary choral selections. In addition, over the past several years it has commissioned four new compositions, premiered by the Choral Society.


The Springfield Choral Society contains an exciting mix of amateur, professional and semi-professional singers, some of whom have taught music at elementary, secondary and college levels.  Others, while engaging in various professions, enjoy performing choral music as their avocation.  Many singers have been members of other choral groups from around the country prior to settling in the Springfield Area.  With its growth over these past years and its vision for the future, the Springfield Choral Society expects to continue its long tradition for many years to come.

ABOUT OUR DIRECTOR - Ken Lam

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Ken is Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Music Director of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. He is also Artistic Director of Hong Kong Voices.


In 2011 Ken won the Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition and was a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestra's 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony. He made his US professional debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin. In recent seasons he led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Buffalo, Memphis, Hawaii, Brevard and Meridian, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seungnam Philharmonic, Guiyang Symphony and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.


In opera, he directed numerous productions of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard and was Assistant Conductor at Cincinnati Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera and at the Castleton Festival. In recent seasons, he led critically acclaimed productions at the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival and at the Luminato Festival in Canada. His run of Massenet's Manon at Peabody Conservatory was hailed by the Baltimore Sun as a top ten classical event in the Washington D.C/Baltimore area in 2010.

 

Previously Ken held positions as Associate Conductor for Education of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.

 

Ken studied conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at Peabody Conservatory. David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute. He read economics at St. John's College, Cambridge University and was an attorney specializing in international finance for ten years before becoming a conductor.

 

Ken is the 2015 recipient of the John Hopkins University Alumni Association Global Achievement Award, given to individuals who exemplify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and have brought credit to the University and their profession in the international arena.

In 2020, Ken took on the mantle of Director of The Springfield Choral Society.

SPRINGFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Claire Ribelin, President

Kristinah Henson, Vice President & Chorus Manager

Kendra Kornack, Treasurer

Adam Miller, Secretary

The Reverend Tom Christell

The Very Reverend Andrew Hook

Dr. Victoria Nichols Johnson

David Laubersheimer

Cindy Oeck

Julie Pitchford