Pearl Shangkuan

Pearl Shangkuan is a highly sought-after conductor, lecturer and clinician who has led performances and workshops across six continents. Director of choral activities and professor of music at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a Grammy-nominated professional orchestra. Shangkuan was recently appointed as the editor of Hinshaw Music. She also has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Choral series published by GIA. In 2014, she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall and was an invited guest lecturer at the World Symposium for Choral Music held in Seoul, South Korea. Shangkuan has served on the jury of several international choral competitions in Europe and Asia and has led conducting masterclasses for the ACDA national conference, Chorus America conferences, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois Choral Conducting Symposium, among many institutions and organizations in the US. She has conducted numerous All-State choirs, ACDA division honor choirs, and choral festivals nationally and internationally and has headlined several ACDA state and other professional conferences. Upcoming engagements include a third residency at Carnegie Hall, conducting the SSAA honor choir at the ACDA National conference, an international choral festival in Italy and more. She serves on the board of directors of Chorus America and has served as president of the ACDA Central Division and Michigan ACDA. She has commissioned and premiered numerous choral works. Her choirs have performed at ACDA national, division and state conferences. In 2013, Michigan ACDA honored her with the Maynard Klein Choral Award for “artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music.”