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ABOUT

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 four annual concerts from 2014 to 2018. Over that time we have raised over $30,000 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?

If you would like to be involved in the choir or orchestra, or would like to support us financially, please contact us at vocescaelestium@gmail.com.

Staff

TaeSoo Kim, Director

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, Composer in Residence

Pavle Cajic has been playing the piano from the age of 5 and composing from the age of 7. He is a recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a degree in Piano Performance which he undertook on a full scholarship. He has studied composition with Richard Gill, Tristan Coelho and Trevor Pearce. Recent compositional success includes having his composition ‘The Depths of Night’ workshopped in Stage 1 of the TMO’s Composer Development Program with Sarah-Grace Williams (2016), and winning the APRA encouragement award (2nd place) as part of the Fine Music Young Composer Awards (2016) for his ‘Clarinet Concerto’. In July 2017, Pavle premiered his newly completed ‘Ballade for flute and piano alongside flautist Chloe Chung live on Fine Music 2mbs FM radio to a greatly enthusiastic response from the in-studio audience.

 

Pavle has enjoyed pianistic success in University, being twice chosen to attend the selective Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Verona, Italy, where he toured with his piano trio, ‘St Veaux Trio’. His piano teachers at the Conservatorium were Natalia Sheludiakova, Paul Rickard-Ford and Nikolai Evrov, and he has played in masterclasses led by renowned pianists such as Mikhail Voskresensky, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Imogen Cooper, and Edward Neeman. Other pianistic successes include performing a solo recital in Auckland, New Zealand as the winner of the 2013 Theme and Variations Emerging Artists Series, and in 2014, winning their Foundation Scholarship to further his pianistic studies.

Thomas Woods, Secretary

Thomas Woods was a student at the Conservatorium High School with TaeSoo Kim, Pavle Cajic and Josiah Fajardo. He has studied classical singing as a baritone under eminent teachers including Stephen Bennett, Michael Halliwell and Simon Kenway. In 2017 he began practising in criminal law and related areas as a barrister at Samuel Griffith Chambers. His other interests include politics, history, amateur acting, cricket and zoology. He has performed in every Voces Caelestium concert and assisted in their preparation. Thomas is pleased to participate in a group which has sympathy for the less privileged at its heart.

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.

Ashley Son, Marketing Manager

Hayaerin Son started learning the cello at the age of six. From her childhood, she was exposed to various musical environments and was actively involved in choirs and competitions. At the age of 9, she achieved to enter into the state orchestra playing with university students at that time. When she came to the Sydney in 2008, she continued developing her performance skills under Susan Blake. In two years, Ashley achieved in getting both Grade 8 and Amus AMEB which lead into the music scholarship at the St Andrews Cathedral School. Now, she is studying the Music Education at Sydney Conservatorium of music, but still actively involved in various performance opportunities especially in Voces Caelestium. After 3 years preforming as the lead cellist in the orchestra, she is now joined the admin team, hoping to support the concert as much as possible with the passion.