Choral Conducting Institute at Interlochen, Assistant to the Director, Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Japanese-American conductor Shohei Kobayashi aspires to synthesize his varied insights as singer/songwriter, multi-genre bandmate, choral musician and art song interpreter to inspire deeply personal musical experiences. Following two years of assistant conducting at his alma mater Lewis & Clark College and at First Presbyterian Church of Portland, Oregon, Shohei moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to earn his Master of Music degree in Conducting at the University of Michigan with Jerry Blackstone. In fall 2017, Shohei entered the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting program at University of Michigan where he currently serves as the director of the Residential College Singers and guest conductor of the University Choir. He also serves as the assistant conductor of the UMS Choral Union. Following Dr. Blackstone’s retirement from University of Michigan at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, Shohei will continue his doctoral studies with Dr. Eugene Rogers.