Assistant to the Director, Choral Conducting Institute, Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Japanese-American conductor Shohei Kobayashi aspires to synthesize his 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, Shohei moved to Ann Arbor to begin his graduate conducting studies at University of Michigan with Jerry Blackstone. Now a third-year doctoral student, Shohei continues his studies with Eugene Rogers and will serve as the 2019-2020 director of University of Michigan Arts Chorale, guest conductor of Oakland University’s University Chorale for Fall 2019, co-conductor of the Orpheus Singers, assistant conductor for UMS Choral Union, and Chancel Choir Director at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.
In 2018, Shohei attended the 9th Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass, the Choral Conducting Institute at Interlochen, the Illinois Choral Conducting Symposium in Urbana-Champaign, Chorus America’s 2018 Conducting Academy in Fullerton, and Helmuth Rilling’s Fifth Weimar Bach Academy. In previous years, Shohei was an MCP Conducting Fellow at the 2017 National Collegiate Choral Organization conference, conducting apprentice at the 2017 Hot Springs Music Festival, recipient of Berkshire Choral International’s Robert Page Conducting Fellowship, and a conducting fellow at the 2016 Norfolk Choral Festival. In addition to his mentors at Michigan, Shohei has worked with Larry Rachleff, Kathy Romey, David Hayes, Andrew Megill, Lucinda Carver, Simon Carrington, Joseph Flummerfelt, Martin Katz, Peter Bay, Ann Howard Jones, Jan Harrington and Katherine FitzGibbon.