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Chuo University Mixed Chorus
The choir is a mixed voice choir at Chuo University. Less than half of the members are beginners who started choral singing at university.
Under the leadership of the conductor and the voice trainers assigned to each part, both beginners and experienced members are able to make new discoveries and enjoy a fulfilling choral life. The Kodama-kai aims to pursue music in a joyful and serious way, and they have been working on their music for a year in preparation for the regular concert in December.
Conductor Junichi Morinaga
He studied conducting under Masamitsu Takahashi. After serving as a student conductor of the Osaka University Mixed Chorus, he moved to Tokyo and studied choral conducting and teaching for eight years under the choral conductor and composer Ko Matsushita.
In 2001, he participated in the "Seminar for Choral Conductors" held in Germany, where he received instruction in conducting from Volker Hempfling and vocal instruction from Gudrun Schröfel.
He began his conducting career in earnest in 2006, and in 2018 he led the ensemble Tone to first place in the Category-B (senior category) at the 1st Tokyo International Choir Competition.He is also interested in the music of a cappella groups, and has been working to popularize a cappella arrangements for chorus. He is currently the music director and permanent conductor of 11 groups, and is actively involved in teaching at elementary, junior high, and high schools throughout Japan.
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