• Conductors

    Get to know our conductors


    Chris Younghoon Kim

    Director of Orchestras

    Passionate about working with young musicians and music education, Chris Younghooon Kim is the Director of Orchestras at Cornell University and is an active adjudicator, guest clinician, and masterclass teacher. The League of American Orchestras and ASCAP have awarded the first place award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music to the Cornell Orchestras among all collegiate orchestras in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. With the Cornell Orchestras he has led international tours and joint collaborations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico. Before coming to Cornell, Chris was active in the new music scene in Boston conducting the Firebird Ensemble and the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra. Since 1997 he has been the Artistic Director of the new music ensemble Brave New Works in Ann Arbor, Michigan one of America’s most innovative and progressive ensembles. He has appeared with orchestras in the United States and abroad, including ensembles such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Delta Festival Ballet, Symphoria based in Syracuse, NY, Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Italy. He has also appeared in music festivals such as, Kinhaven Music Center, Skaneateles Music Festival, International Bartok Festival in Szaombarthely, Hungary among others. He is an active promoter of music of our time, and has collaborated with dozens of composers, and commissioned and premiered numerous new works. He was recently chosen to be one of three young conductors to appear at the Ensemble Moderne Academy in Innsbruck, Austria being mentored by members of Ensemble Moderne at the 2012 Klangspuren new music festival. He has also been chosen as one of four conductors to take part in the College Orchestra Directors Association’s Ibermusicas initiative in 2014, and will guest conduct Orquesta Sinfónica del Neuquén, Patagonia, Argentina. In 2008, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut as part of Royal Irish Academy Chamber Orchestra’s East Coast Tour of the United States with a world premiere of Evan Chambers’s Concerto for Violin, Irish fiddle and string orchestra.


    Link to his website

    Henry Hao-An Cheng

    Visiting Artist

    [Sabbatical leave replacement]


    First prize winner of the 1 st European Union Conductor’s Competition in 2018, Henry Cheng has established himself as an internationally acclaimed young Taiwanese-American Conductor. In November 2017, Henry Cheng was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Klangkraft Orchester in Duisburg, Germany. With a “new rich orchestral sound full of energy and vitality,” he made his Klangkraft Orchester debut at the Duisburger Akzente Festival under the festival theme of “Nie wieder Krieg”(never again war), and program title “The World Dies Screaming”, a commentary of the humanistic responsibility of climate change. The upcoming 2018-2020 seasons, in addition to his positions as Visiting Artist at Cornell University and Chief Conductor of the Klangkraft Orchester, Henry will make his guest conducting debut with the MAV Symphony Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Cameristi della Scala, Budapest Operetta Theater Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic in Lomza, Kodaly Philharmonic, Pori Sinfonietta, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Ningbo Symphony Orchestra, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, National Moravian-Silesian Opera. Henry has been invited to the prestigious masterclasses of Maestros Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Kurt Masur at the Aurora Music Festival, Tugan Sokhiev with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, and Riccardo Muti at his Italian Opera Academy summer 2018. As an educator and community outreach supporter, he has worked with and developed programs with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Bochumer Symphoniker, and the Indiana University Beethoven Project. He has also worked with many middle and high schools in his hometown of Atlanta, GA. Henry has premiered more than forty new works of all sizes and mediums, collaborating with visual artists, choreographers, dancers, and singers. As an opera conductor and coach, he has conducted and played in productions of Candide, Die Fledermaus, Dialogues des Carmélites, La Boheme, Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. . Henry received his Bachelors in Piano at Eastman School of Music with Professor Thomas Schumacher. As a conductor, he has studied at Georgia State University, Indiana University

    and at the University of Arts Berlin under Maestros Michael Palmer, Arthur Fagen and Steven Sloane.

    Previous Conductors

    Previous conductors

    2000 - 2004 John Hsu

     about his final concert

     about his teaching

     his bio on music dept website


    1975 - 1999 Edward Murray

     about his teaching

     remembrance concert


    1954 - 1975 Karel Husa

     about his teaching

     90th birthday concert

     Cornell Sun on his first concert at Cornell


    1950 - 1954 Robert Hull

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    1947 - 1950 missing information

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    1943 - 1947? John M. Kuypers

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    1941 - 1942 Ronald Ingalls

    he conducted the Sinfonietta beginning from 1936 but took over after Coleman retired

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    1905 - 1941 George L. Coleman

     article about founding of the orchestra

     his final concert


    List of all Cornell Orchestra concerts from 1905 - current (We do have missing info, if you have info you can share with us to complete this list, please contact us).