Community Concert - Magic of Music
Magic of Music Community Concert
29 July 2017 (Sat), 19:30
Academic Community Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University
Over the years, music programmes offered by Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy have given hundreds of students access to quality music education and have ignited a passion for the arts in many. The Community Concert showcases the fruits of our previous efforts, extending an enthusiasm from the “Hong Kong-Vienna Music Festival 2016”.
- Performance by students of the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy
- Performance by participants of Summer Music Academy 2017
- Performance by Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue
- Performance by Hope Through Music Children’s Choir
- Performance by Hong Kong Children’s Symphonic Choir
- Sing Together conducted by Andy Icochea
Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 29 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich and Berliner Konzerthaus. As a guest conductor, he has led the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú and the Brookline Symphony, among others.
Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist with Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy and Bernard Haitink. His choruses have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has conducted world premieres of operas in Austria, Italy and the United States. Additionally, he has served as choral clinician and conductor for the World Peace Choir (Vienna and Beijing) and guest clinician for Boston Symphony Orchestra education programs.
He currently serves as Music Director of Superar, a non-profit organization that provides high quality music instruction free of charge to 2000 children in six countries in central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he has served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston and Harvard Pro Musica.
Photo by Lukas Beck
Grew up in Austria, Birgit Reithofer is a musician and music pedagogue with extensive musical and educational experience.
Reithofer began her tertiary education at the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University where she studied the flute (Music education – voice and instruments) with Professor MeinhardNiedermayr (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). Apart from the flute, she also focused her studies on early childhood music pedagogy. In 2007, she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University with Distinction, major in Elementary Music Education. She received the academic degree Master of Arts from Anton Bruckner University for Music, Drama and Dance in 2014 after having successfully completed the university course “Communicating and Contextualizing Music for Different Audiences”.
Her expertise in the field is demonstrated by the fact that she became a music pedagogue at the Chorus School for the Vienna Boys Choir and the Music Workshop (Spielwerkstatt Musik) before graduation. Right after she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University, she joined the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, where she works as Music Pedagogue.
Apart from working closely with young children at the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, Reithofer also worked in various music education and music mediation projects and concerts for different audiences (planning and implementation – on and behind the stage), including programmes at the MuTh, the official concert hall of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz – Museum of Modern Art. She also led Music Exploration Camps in Hong Kong in 2010, 2011 and 2015 respectively, which were greatly complimented by parents and children.
Agnes Quilicot is an all-round musician. She is a vocalist, a conductor, an instrumentalist and a composer.
Quilicot obtained her degree in Choral Conducting with concentration on voice from the University of the Philippines – College of Music (U.P.C.Mu), followed with Liturgical Music Composition Studies at the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy, She also holds a degree of Psychology and Theatre Arts.
Quilicot has trained the three-time World Grand Prix Champion Choir, the Philippine Madrigal Singers under the direction of the late Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion and Mark Carpio. She has also performed as an opera singer in various opera productions in the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.
Quilicot is experienced in both elementary music education and choral conducting. Under her baton, the choirs have won numerous awards including the “Champion in Kindergarten Music Activities” at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and international competitions by the International Vocal Union, the Asian Choir Association, the China Music Association (Hong Kong), the Choir Union of Guangdong Musician Union and the International Federation of Choral Music. Moreover, she is always invited for performances of rate Consulate and has been the conductor of the Cathay Pacific Choir for 2 seasons, She was recently featured at the Third Asian International Choir Festival where she conducted a choir with the Italian conductor and choral music expert, Dr. Andrea Angelini.
Quilicot became a Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue in 2015 after her intensive music training in the Vienna Boys Choir.
Eunice Suen attended the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Trinity College of Music), where she obtained her Master of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Prior to her master studies, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Opera and Vocal Studies in the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. There she was awarded a scholarship to take up music training in Berlin, Germany.
As a Certified Music Pedagogue in the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy, Suen teaches choirs and classes on a daily basis. She also works as a professional music teacher of the voice, piano, music theory and aural training, not only in Hong Kong but also in London and Vienna. Her students encompass different levels from elementary to advance, covering a wide range of ages. Her reputation as an experienced teacher and performer is recognized when various music competitions invited her to be a member of the jury.
As a talented performer, Suen is competent in performing an extensive range of musical work. Her operatic repertoire includes Carmen, Così fan tutte, King Arthur, L’incoronazione di Poppea andA Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. She has also been engaged in opera scenes from Aïda, Le nozze diFigaro, Idomeneo, Giulio Cesare, Eugene Onegin and a number of productions by Opera Hong Kong. In 2009, Suen performed The Magic Flute with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing National Grand Theatre. Besides theatrical works, she also gives regular departmental solo, ensemble and choir concerts. She was also an active member of the Philharmonia Chorus (London). Numerous performance opportunities led her to many world-renowned halls including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall (London), Chapel of King’s College (Cambridge), Palau de la Música (Spain) and so on.
In 2009 and 2012, Suen was invited by the Hong Kong Church Music Association to record church music for a series of CDs that were published and online sound tracks made available to public.
Joyce Lau is a music educator and organist who also specialises in voice, piano performance and ethnomusicology.
Lau obtained her Master of Philosophy in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During her study, she was placed on the Faculty Dean’s List and obtained scholastic awards from German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and Peter Curzon Oram Charitable Trust. Lau also holds the Licentiate Diploma in Organ Recital (Distinction) from Trinity College London.
Lau has presented research papers on Jewish music in international conferences and translated academic articles for publication. She has also worked in various music projects with local and overseas institutes, to study, document and promote historical musical instruments.
Lau is a music pedagogue with more than ten years of teaching experience. She has taught students of a wide age range at recognised music academies, children’s choirs and music theatres, in addition to international schools and local schools. Her excellence in education has led her to teaching engagements at local universities and overseas seminary, including early childhood music education. Lau’s teaching style is rigorous but inspiring, authentic but fun. Under her tutelage, Lau’s choirs, vocal students and piano students all enjoy music and have won awards from the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival as well as other inter-school music events.
In addition to teaching, Lau is also a choral conductor and piano accompanist. She often arranges music for her choirs and music ensembles. She plays the piano not only for choirs, classical singers and instrumentalists but also in occasions such as weddings and Jewish Purim Schpiel.
Lau is now working as a church organist and has performed on the Rieger organ at Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She is a Certified Vienna Boys Choir Pedagogue at the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy since 2016.
Vienna Boys Choir Academy Concert Choir
Artistic Director: Gerald Wirth
Conductor: Agnes Quilicot
The Academy Concert Choir is the official choir of the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy (VBCMA) in Hong Kong, which is under the same artistic direction and training of the Vienna Boys Choir.
The Choir represents VBCMA at Austria’s official occasions and performs intensively in concerts and community projects. Recent performances include the “Opening Concert of the Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival 2016” (Jul 2016), “Mahler’s Symphony No. 8” (Aug 2016), “Austrian National Day Reception” (Oct 2016), “Hope for Wildlife Gala Dinner” for Dr Jane Goodall (Nov 2016), “Austrian Christmas Reception” (Dec 2016), “A Night of Classics Concert“ (Jan 2017), “Hope Through Music Charity Concert” (Mar 2017) and the “Concert in honour of St. Josef Freinademetz” (May 2017).
Coming performances include the “Celebration of Hong Kong SAR’s 20th Anniversary” in Beijing and the “Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival 2017” this summer.