John Young Shik Concklin, conductor, is praised for his clear beat, strong sense of rhythm, inviting gravitas, and innovative mind. At age four, he began his musical training with the aim of becoming a conductor, receiving his first opportunity to lead an orchestra as a young teenager.
Currently, he serves as a Guest Artist, Director of Orchestra at Clemson University. Beginning in the fall of 2018, he will begin his tenure as Assistant Professor of Conducting at Vanderbilt University where he will direct the orchestra and teach conducting. Recent positions include Music Director of the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras (HSYO) and Lecturer of Conducting at Converse College. While in Hendersonville, John led the program to new artistic heights – growing participation and steadying fundraising efforts. Achievements included adding a youth chorus, installing a concerto competition, and commissioning new works by local composers. Prior to his position with HSYO, John held concurrent positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Pops Orchestra as assistant conductor.
John’s career began as the Associate Conductor and Creative Director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO). Throughout his tenure, he showed great versatility, leading the orchestra in subscription, education, and pops concerts while also serving administratively. His duties included artistic and operational management of the 400-student youth orchestra program, educational program development, and community engagement. While in Atlanta, he also founded the strings program at Mount Paran Christian School and maintained a private violin and viola studio.
Education has remained a priority throughout John’s career. He has been invited to many institutions across the United States including Oberlin Conservatory, Kent State University, Vanderbilt University, Clemson University, Furman University, Converse College, and the Indiana All-State Festival, to name a few. In addition, he has continued his project from the Yale School of Music entitled “Music and Art” through which students utilize music and art as catalysts for creative writing.
John studied at Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His mentors have included David Zinman, Carl Topilow, Shinik Hahm, and Robin Fountain. In addition, he has received further training from Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Harry Bicket, among others, and has has the great fortune to conduct members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a fellowship conductor at the Aspen Music Festival, a teaching assistant at the Brevard Music Center, and a finalist at the New World Symphony and Debut Orchestras. He regularly performs as a violist with the Greenville, Spartanburg, Asheville, and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestras, and is in demand as a freelance conductor throughout the region. John lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, Lauren, and dog, Herbie.