B i o g r a p h y
A conductor, Jun Terasawa, is also a tenor and composer/arranger. In 2018, he graduated with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University (CSU), studied with Dr. James Kim. Jun is dedicated to singing in choirs, conducting, composing/arranging all kinds of music and educating and supporting others in their musical endeavours. He is employed at American Global Prep School (AGPS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia since July 2019, currently holding the position of Director of Musical Activities. AGPS was founded under a nonprofit organization (NPO) in the United States, called "Global Education Vision (GEV)." The mission of GEV is to provide a world-class educational experience for students of all ages, prepare them for the challenges they will face after graduation, and give them the education they will need to become productive individuals and potential leaders in their societies.
While Jun was earning his master's at CSU, he had two recitals where he composed and conducted a variety of choral repertoire, including J.S. Bach and A. Bruckner. He also conducted CSU Concert Choir for Mass in G Major by F. Schubert with the string quartet for the final choir concert in CSU. In addition to conducting, he is an active composer/arranger. He studied composition with Dr. Anne Guzzo, at University of Wyoming for one year and with Dr. James David at CSU for two years. He won second place in the CSU Art Song Composition Contest for his piece, I heard a Fly buzz - when I died - text by E. Dickinson.
In February 2019, Jun lead the middle students of Valier Public Schools on a band festival in Sunburst, Montana where he managed the finances, travel, and registration for the entire trip. Once there, he conducted the 6th Grade “Mass Band” for Russian Sailor’s Dance (arr. A. Balent) and Knight of the Roundtable (E. Huckeby) in Sunburst Public Schools. His excellent preparation for teaching two pieces within a limited amount time of rehearsal lead to a successful performance. The district music chairman, Mr. Gruber, offered to have him host the festival in Valier next year. He also received many compliments from the students in other schools.
These are additional accomplishments with Valier Public Schools in 2018-19 academic year: 1) Grew an underdeveloped music program by selecting appropriate, challenging music for all ensembles, implementing a comprehensive curriculum, setting and finding a balance between high expectations and allowing students to enjoy. 2) Planned and implemented "The Montana Model Curriculum Guide for the Arts" with music theory, history, ear training, and sight-reading incorporated in the music program for all ages. 3) Planned, directed, and arranged the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert for K-12. 4) Arranged, and directed a noticeably improved Pep Band at all the basketball home games and tournament games from years past, according to the audience. 5) Joined the Montana High Schools District #6 Music Festival, that the Valier High School has not been involved in for the past 8 years. 6) Repaired and replaced all the damaged instruments and sheet music by the flood in May 2018.
In Jun's bag of tricks, no musical form or genre is off the table in his ability to teach and encourage the students. He was born in Tokyo, and raised in Kashiwa which was known as one of the most famous cities for brass band music in Japan. Accordingly, he played percussion in the brass band when he was in the middle school, and he enjoyed it. Jun is dedicated to choral music - he has been singing in the choir for more than twenty years. However, he has studied instrumental music in collegiate level as well. He has an associate’s degree emphasis in piano performance studied with Prof. Tim Schoesslor in Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming. He has also played the cello in the orchestra and guitar in the rock bands. Besides Classical music training, he has extensive familiarity with jazz music and jazz compositional theory. In his freshman and sophomore years of college, he played the alto saxophone and the piano in several jazz bands. He took jazz piano and saxophone lessons from Prof. Matt Harris and Prof. Craig Olson.