Director of Orchestral Studies
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
Soo Han is the Director of Orchestral Studies at The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, program coordinator and faculty member with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer YOLA program, and the former Director of Orchestras & Department Chair of the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High in Carmel, IN.
As an active conductor, he has appeared with Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State Opera Theatre, Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Valparaiso University, and Butler University Symphony Orchestra. He is an active conductor for All-State, regional, and honor orchestras appearing in over 30 states and has conducted internationally in Austria, China, Thailand, and Australia. He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies and has premiered several commissioned works for strings and full orchestras. He has presented workshops and clinics internationally and for nearly every major national and state music conference including, Australian String Teacher Conference, Maryborough National Australia Conference, Midwest Clinic, ASTA National Conference, NAfME National Conference, and Ohio University Summer String Teacher Workshop.
Orchestras under his leadership experienced a great deal of success including 9 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Championship and being named Grand Champions at the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. As a passionate supporter of public school music programs, he continues to remain active in instrumental classrooms throughout the country.
He is the past-president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president and recently served as the National American String Teachers Association’s K-12 Committee Chair. He received his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Master of Science in Education from Indiana University School of Education, and received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University College of Music.
There are so many issues specifically related to the bass that teachers often feel insecure about their abilities to successfully set up the beginning bass student. This session will aim to help teachers be more effective in teaching and setting up the beginning bassists. Topics discussed will include setting up the bass to the body, setting up the left hand, French & German bow, and sitting VS standing. Videos demonstrating these concepts will be featured at this session.
One of the greatest challenges in orchestra setting is to teach student to master and perform demanding technical passages. This session will present ideas on incorporating different rehearsal and practice strategies to become successful playing technical passage. Some of the concepts that the session will present & demonstrate include; addressing the fundamentals, breaking down passages, practicing in rhythms, and ‘chunking’.
Running an active orchestra program is truly a community effort that requires support, cooperation, and participation from not just the students, but from parents and community members. This session will explore how parent groups can support your organization through volunteering as event managers, project coordinators, and political advocates.
Addressing intonation issues for string players is a lifelong commitment for all and a difficult concept to teach in an orchestra class setting. This session will provide strategies on addressing intonation problems in an orchestra class with such topics as; teaching students to independently tune their instruments, exercises to build stronger sense of pitch, and fixing intonation problems in orchestra repertoire.
After having taught the fundamental skills during the early years of string playing, moving the students onto the ‘next level’ and teaching advance string techniques in the orchestra class setting can be extremely challenging. This session will present strategies on teaching three-octaves scales, shifting into upper positions, advanced vibrato, and bow techniques.