What does 'Voces Caelestium' mean?
Voces Caelestium is Latin for 'Heavenly Voices'. While our concerts actually involve orchestral and chamber works, our name reflects the fact that we began with and have continued to feature large scale choral repertoire.
How long has Voces Caelestium been running for?
Voces Caelestium was founded in 2012 by conductor TaeSoo Kim. We have performed six annual concerts from 2014 to 2019. Over that time we have raised over $40,000 for Compassion Australia, Oxfam Australia, International Justice Mission Australia, and MSF Australia (Doctors without Borders).
How do the concerts raise money?
All the money received through ticket sales and the money received on the night of the concert goes directly to the charities we support. This is possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors that cover the costs of running the concert.
How can I get involved?
TaeSoo Kim, Artistic Director, Conductor
TaeSoo Kim was born in 1994 in Seoul, Korea. He started playing Cello at the age of 8. Migrating to Australia in 2004, he attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School, studying Cello with Georg Pedersen from 2007 to 2012. Whilst being in high school, as part of his study, he has studied composing with Peter McNamara and Tristan Coelho. In 2013, he entered the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies studying his Cello with Daniel Yeadon and Julian Smiles. TaeSoo’s interest in conducting began in high school, where he was awarded the Best Conductor of 2012 at the Conservatorium High School House Concerts. Subsequently, he studied conducting with Dr Carolyn Watson, Dr Anthony Clarke, Dr George Ellis and Dr John Lynch. TaeSoo further gained valuable experience by completing Musica Viva’s Choral Conducting Masterclass in 2014, under the guidance of Stephen Cleobury. TaeSoo has successfully completed his Masters of Music Studies in Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2017, studying under Maestro Eduardo Diazmunoz, Dr Stephen Mould, and Dr Neil McEwan.
Pavle Cajic, Co-Artistic Director,
Pavle Cajic is a composer and pianist, and has been part of Voces Caelestium from its inception. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance in 2016. He has studied composition with Richard Gill, Tristan Coelho and Trevor Pearce.
Pavle’s compositions have been workshopped with The Metropolitan Orchestra’s Composer Development Program with Sarah-Grace Williams (2016, ‘The Depths of Night’), and won the APRA encouragement award as part of the Fine Music Young Composer Awards (2016, ‘Clarinet Concerto’). In 2017, he premiered his ‘Ballade for flute and piano’ on live radio (Fine Music 2MBS FM) in Sydney, with flautist Chloe Chung. Pavle is one of the founding members of Voces Caelestium, at whose annual charity concerts he has conducted or performed the premieres of many of his compositions (‘The Solitude of Night’, 2014, ‘The Depths of Night’, 2016, ‘Gateway to Paradise, Part 1’, 2017, ‘Winter, Heartache and Transfiguration’, 2018, ‘Eastern Songs (Excerpts)’, 2019). As a pianist, Pavle has performed both solo and in collaboration with other musicians at recitals and music festivals in Australia, New Zealand, and Italy.
Chloe Chung, Communications Manager
Chloe Chung is a cross-cultural flutist, playing Western classical flute and dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), teaching music, and collaborating with others to foster unexpected musical forms and connections throughout Sydney. Along with lecturing classical flute at AIM, she also teaches dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) and Alexander Technique workshops at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Chloe maintains an active performing life, as founder and creative director of the Dreambox Collective, a group of Sydney-based musicians and artists who create and perform works centering around climate change education and social justice issues.
Chloe holds a Masters of Music and graduated from her Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under the tutelage of James Kortum. Her past flute teachers include Aldo Baerton, Alison Mitchell, Alexa Still, and Jocelyn Fazzone. Receiving the Australian Postgraduate Award in 2016 facilitated Chloe's Masters research (2016-2018), exploring the performance practice of the traditional Chinese flute, dizi, in Australia, Singapore and Shanghai. Her performances have featured in the Eastside Music Festival (2019), Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2016/2017, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Asian Music Ensemble concerts, and the Musicology Symposium: Presence through Sound: Place and Contemporary music in and from East Asia 2016.
Josiah Fajardo, Treasurer
Josiah Fajardo began learning piano at age 8 from Mrs Betty Baldwin, St Cecelia School of Music, and has since pursued music through drums, guitar, bassoon, and composition. After being awarded "Most Promising Young Shoalhaven Pianist" at the regional Eisteddfod, Josiah was accepted into the Conservatorium High School as a composition student in 2011. Later that year he was selected to participate in the Sinfonietta composition project with Richard Gill and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a bassoonist with SBS Youth Orchestra, UNSW Orchestra and in the Voces Caelestium charity concerts.
When he isn't writing or playing music, he studies Law, Engineering and Spanish at UNSW, hoping to one day continue to champion the cause of Voces Caelestium through Human Rights Law. In pursuance of that goal, he has overseen the publication of a thematic component of the UNSW Law Journal on Business and Human Rights in 2017, and is currently Corporate and Legal Assistant at International Justice Mission Australia – the Australian arm of the world's largest international anti-slavery organisation.