Dr. Kyungouk Ko is an active conductor, singer, and educator for all ages and abilities. Currently, he serves as the Director of Music for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Circle Pines and as the Director of Riverside Singers at Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN. Kyung’s passion for extending musical accessibility and enhancing cultural awareness has led him to become involved at the Korean Service Center of Minnesota. Kyung has served as the Artistic Director for Caritas Vocal Ensemble since 2018.
An active collaborator, Kyung has worked as a professional chorister with numerous choral organizations. These collaborations include the Washington Choral Arts Society under Norman Scribner, the Cathedral Choral Society under Dr. J. Reilly Lewis and the Cardinal Singers of University of Louisville, KY under Dr. Kent Hatteberg. As a conductor, Kyung founded the Bach Collegium Ensemble and worked as Assistant Conductor for the Chamber Singers, UNL opera production, and Women’s Choir at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he completed his D.M.A in Choral music with a dissertation on the Sacred Symphony for Voices Alone by George Lynn. He was supported by two scholastic grants from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Nebraska.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Kyung earned a Bachelor of Music in Church Music at Yonsei University, Korea. He holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree which he earned through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the summer of August 2018.
Kyung is married to his wonderful wife Jiwhi Eo, music teacher at Se-Jong Academy, St. Paul, and they are the parents of Jeremiah and Esther.