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Caleb Woo

Lyric Baritone Caleb Woo was granted chances to perform many Bach vocal works, such as St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, St Mark Passion, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, B minor Mass, Cantata 4, 6, 21, 22, 30, 38, 47, 62, 70, 78, 80, 82, 94, 102, 131, 139, 147, 158 and 211 in these few years, which brought him to perform under the batons of John Butt, David Chin, Wolfgang Katschner, Felix Yeung and Felix Shuen, and enhanced his understanding of early music. He appeared in BachFest Malaysia and Thüringer Bachwochen. The performances of Oratorio such as Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Hadyn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s St Paul’s and Elijah, Fauré’s Requiem and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem brought him to collaborate with Christopher Seaman, Helmuth Rilling, Paul Goodwin, William Weinert, Jonathan Cohen, Jahja Ling, Lio Kuokman and Yip Wing-sie.

 

Woo also participates in opera productions. Recently he participated in the productions of Por Por and Women Like Us, the award-winning opera Angel’s Bone produced by the New Vision Arts Festival and the Beijing Music Festival; original operas composed by Chan Hin-yan, KungfoodDatong and Heart of Coral. He also participated in productions by Opera Hong Kong, City Opera Hong Kong, Musica Viva, Pop up Production, putting up La traviata, Orphee aux enfers and La Bohéme, to name a few.

Woo graduated with the Master’s Degree of Music in Voice Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. He holds degrees from the Hong Kong Baptist University including the Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in 2006 with first class honour as well as the Social Science degree in China Studies in 2003; Master of Arts degree in Christian Studies from the Chung-Chi Divinity School, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007; as well as an ATCL diploma and a LRSM diploma in 2005 and 2009 respectively. His voice teachers include Professor Robert McIver, Jimmy Chan and Sanson Lau.

He is now serving as the Music Director of Tuen Mun Alliance Church; Voice Instructor at Music Department, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Qin Music School; Assistant Professor at Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit, Lingnan University; Resident Artist at the Education University of Hong Kong; Co-ordinator of Ensemble Music Ministries at the Hong Kong Baptist University; and conductor of HKU Chamber Singers. Elected as a Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and President of the Hong Kong Chapter, he is devoted to promoting healthy vocalism and the ability to appreciate the beauty of voice as creation.

 

 

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