The Author

GShakPictDr. Gerard Yun is a university professor, conductor, composer, and global music performer and scholar. He has been researching cross-cultural ethics in music for over a decade. While still in graduate school studying choral, orchestral, and opera conducting he studied cultural musics, “on the side”, for fun. These hobby musics became central to his research, teaching, and performing. Dr. Yun currently teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the World Music Program at York University in Ontario, Canada. He studies and performs in a number of cultural music forms including Asian Overtone Singing,  Australian didgeridoo, Native American flute, and especially the Japanese Zen Buddhist Shakuhachi. He is artistic director for the University of Waterloo’s East-West Concert Series and its resident performing ensemble “Dark Horse” which creates new and hybridized musics through cross-cultural improvisation. Dr. Yun is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He offers workshops in choral and cross-cultural improvisation to groups ranging from middle school and children’s choirs to community, church, and professional ensembles.

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