Choonnam Chung. Music Director & Conductor of Chicago Classical Philharmonic, Choonnam Chung started learning Trombone and Euphonium at the age of ten at the Salvation Army. After training he had seven nation Europe concerts tour with the band as a principal Euphonium player. He studied music performance at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea.
Mr. Chung won the second prize at the Competition of the Music Association of Korea in 1980. He played with In-Chun City Symphony Orchestra as an Assistant Principal Trombonist, Seoul Wind Symphony as a principal Euphonium player, and Rinnai Wind Ensemble as a faculty and player for seven years. He then came to Chicago in 1992, and finished the Master’s Degree in Music Performance in 1995 and Certificate Music Performance in 1997 at DePaul University.
He has traveled and performed solos with the Chicago Staff Band, countries including Chile, Canada, New Zealand, and U.S. A.. Mr. Chung also completed the Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Illinois State University in 2003, and was an assistant conductor at ISU Orchestra. He participated in numerous conducting seminars and workshops, and appeared many occasions as a conductor.
His trombone teachers include Yoonho Choo, Dr. Edward Kocher, Charles Vernon, Mark Fisher, and conducting teacher include Dr. Glen Block.
Under the baton of Maestro Chung, the Chicago Classical Philharmonic had an Inaugural Concert in June 1, “Autumn and Classic” in September 15, and “Buona Notte Pavarotti” Concert in December 9, 2007. He and the philharmonic are invited again for the special encore performance for “Buona Notte Pavarotti” in May 3, “Opera Gala Concert” in September 9, and “Christmas Concert” in December 6, 2008 at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles IL.
He has been teaching at the Mayfair Community Music School, and is a Choir Director of the First Korean United Methodist Church. Mr. Chung resides in North suburb of Chicago area with his wife, a Violinist, Young-hee Kim, and a six-year-old daughter, Evelyn.