THE NATIONAL CHORUS OF KOREA

The National Chorus of Korea (NCK), the country’s first professional chorus and choral leader, was founded in 1973 in order to pursue the professional and artistic aspects of choral singing. It has become independent as an art organization under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2000. As a foundation corporation, the chorus has accomplished numerous achievements such as subscription concerts, project concerts, provincial concerts, overseas concerts, guest appearance, official events, and so on.

 

The National Chorus of Korea has introduced a wealth of famous choral repertoire to Korea, such as , , , , , etc. along with a wide variety of repertoire, extending from the Renaissance to Contemporary Periods. The chorus has garnered many achievements within the choral art in Korea. The chorus has developed new Korean choral works that express distinct vocal and musical styles portraying many of the special characteristics of Korean culture, alongside interpretations of other various styles of music.

 

The NCK has elevated Korean choral music to a professional level, which has served as the motivation for developing the chorus to become one of the world’s greatest vocal music groups. The members of the chorus have greatly contributed to the field of vocal music in Korea. The chorus has been invited to Europe, the United States, China, and Japan, providing the chorus with the opportunity to become more globalized through the experience of performing abroad. Currently, the chorus is being led by 10thArtisticdirector,YoonEuijoong.

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May

– Establishment of the NCK 

(part of National Theater of Korea)

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December

– Establishment of the NCK as a foundation

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February

– Independent operation as a foundation
relocating to Seoul Arts Center

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June

– Designation as a public service corporation

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March

– Opening of the NCK Studio in the
National Performing Arts Studio Complex

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November

– Inauguration of 10th artistic director
Euijoong Yoon

PERFORMANCES

Subscription Concerts

The NCK performs five regular concerts annually. It plans programs for regular concerts which were once difficult to reach with a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary periods.
It has greatly contributed to strengthening creative choral music by constantly developing traditional choral songs and commissioning compositions from composers including the younger generation.

Project Concerts

The NCK supports the education of choral music for enlargement and developing human resources. This is one reason project concerts are held in order to strengthen education. Every year, the NCK holds and which have produced many men of distinguished talent as chorus masters.
Furthermore, the NCK holds the and annually for cultivating culture and systemic choral music education. Besides, the NCK has introduced various project concerts such as from 2015, , and from 2017.

Provincial Concerts

The NCK has been participating in provincial concerts annually to expand cultural resources and improving artistic conditions in regions which have a low fiscal self-reliance ratio. Furthermore, invitations from local governments and local art organizations can help the NCK meets the needs of audiences nationwide.

Overseas Concerts

The NCK has been invited to the famous international music festivals worldwide: the 2005 seventh World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, the 2006 World Cup Germany concert wishing for victory, the 2009, 2011, 2013 concerts invited by Saarland International Music Festival, the 2017 concert commemorating the 25th diplomatic relation between the Republic of Korea and Kazakhstan, and so on. The NCK performs actively around the world in order to show the most Korean style is the most international style by concentrating on Korea’s choral music.

Guest Appearances

The NCK has met domestic and foreign audiences through its guest appearances. At guest appearances, the choir has performed various programs. It has regularly joint performances with the National Opera of Korea, the National Ballet, the Korea Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Through these performances, the NCK demonstrates its leadership ability as a symphonic choir and raises the quality of Korea’s performing arts.