MEET THE ARTIST
Okawa Tan | Tenor
A native of Sarawak, Malaysia, Okawa is in the second year of his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he has conducted Bach cantatas BWV 105 and 150 with soloists and chamber ensemble, and presented his first recital with the Repertory Singers in the spring of 2018 featuring works by Norman Dello Joio and Samuel Barber. In August of 2018, Okawa was accepted as a Conducting Fellow in the Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, where he studied under Simon Carrington and conducted the premiere of Daniel Knagg’s Ego Sum Panis Vivus.
During his summers, Okawa actively provides choral workshops and vocal training sessions to local church choirs and vocal ensembles in Malaysia. In 2014 and 2015, he served as the vocal technique lecturer at the East Malaysia Choral Conducting Workshop, organized by the International Christian Choral Conductor Society. He has also been invited to teach at conducting workshops in Sarawak and Sabah in East Malaysia.