My name is George Novinger and I am the Director of the “Seoul Singers”, an international community choir. I have been
living and working in Seoul for the past two years as the Supervisory General Services Officer (my diplomatic title is First
Secretary). I formed the “Seoul Singers” in January 2006 to create a place where people from Korea, the United States and
other countries with an interest in choral music can get together to sing and get to know each other. I find music is a great
door opener for people from different cultures to share something of beauty and deepen mutual understanding.
I hold a Master’s degree in Music (choral emphasis) from Occidental College in California, and have been a musical director
for the past 30 years for various high schools, churches and community choirs, including groups in Los Angeles, California and
Washington DC, as well as “international” choirs in Paraguay, Brunei, Tokyo, and Okinawa Japan, countries to which I have
been posted with the US Foreign Service (State Department).
We currently number approximately 40 singers from 8 countries. We rehearse once weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm.
My wife Michiko helps to manage the Seoul Singers, and my 16-year-old daughter Saya sings Soprano in the group as well.
We gave concerts last May on Yongsan Army Garrison South Post Chapel and at DS Hall, in Gangnam, and in December at
the American Ambassador’s residence and Young Nak Church Chapel.
For our upcoming concerts on May 19 and May 20, we will perform a variety of music in several languages, including classical,
contemporary, and folk music from America, Korea, and other countries. Included in our upcoming concerts are numbers by
Bach, Mozart, gospel music, and a very interesting musical setting entitled “Captain Noah and His Floating Ark”. Some songs
will be sung a cappella, others with piano and flute accompaniment. Several members of the choir are featured as soloists.
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Seoul Singers Spring 2007