Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus
Sam Kwan is an alumna of Ithaca College’s voice performance and music education bachelor’s program. As a student at IC, Kwan had the honor of performing in the Women’s Chorale, Choir, Light Opera, Opera Workshop, and Main Stage Opera. She has taught pre-K general music, upper elementary choir, and high school choral/general music, as well as assisting with Ithaca’s Headstart music class. Outside of school, Kwan has worked in the hospitality industry and sung with Opera Ithaca. Post-grad, she has been studying as an amateur sommelier and starting a private voice studio.
Hoping to specialize in vocal pedagogy for trans* singers, Kwan plans to procure a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy. Topics of research will include endocrinology and speech pathology in addition to standard graduate music coursework. Kwan’s greatest passion is inclusive music education for singers of all backgrounds.
Kwan enjoys exploring the bounds of men’s choir repertoire and stretching her singers to healthfully step outside of their vocal comfort zones. The mission of the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus is to access audiences of all ages and backgrounds by exploring the languages and cultures of the world. Directing the choir has truly been a privilege for Kwan in her first year, and she plans to continue pursuing her vision with the choir for years to come.