Soprano Sung Ha Shin-Bouey is prize winner of several international vocal competitions, including the Britten Prize in England, the Francisco Vi as in Spain and European finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition in Italy. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from University of Toronto. Her post-graduate studies include an Honours Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto, Master of Music in Performance from University of Victoria, intensive studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Britten-Pears School of Music for Advanced Studies in England, and her career development studies in England, Italy, and Germany which were funded by the generous support from the Ontario and Canada Council Arts Grants.
Ms. Shin-Bouey performed numerous recitals in Canada, United States, Italy, Germany, England, and in Israel. Many of her concerts were recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio & Television, CTV Television, BBC Radio & Television and Israel Radio. She has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, L’Orquestra del Gran Teatro de Liceo, the Aldeburgh Chamber Players, the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, I Musici di Montreal, the Victoria Chamber Players, the Niagara Symphony, and the PEI Symphony. She has also performed extensively in Oratorio with many prestigious choirs including Kings College Choir of Cambridge, The Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, the London Jubilate Singers, & Vancouver Bach Choir. In Chamber Music, she has collaborated with the Quatuor Claudel String Quartet, Arthur LeBlanc String Quartet, the Blue Engine String Quartet, the Very Necessary String Quartet, and the Rhapsody Quintet. In 2004 Ms. Shin-Bouey has released her debut solo CD, entitled “Beautiful Dreamer” which was recorded by CBC Halifax and nominated for ECMA 2005.
Ms. Shin-Bouey also has extensive background as a choir director. She studied both choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, the University of Toronto, and the University of Victoria. She is currently on Faculty at the University of Prince Edward Island where she is the director of the vocal and choral programs. She is the director of UPEI Concert Choir and UPEI Women’s Vocal Ensemble. She is also the founder and the music director of Le Ragazze, a PEI Provincial Girls’ Performing Ensemble and the UPEI SPAA (Summer Performing Arts Academy). In addition to her busy teaching and performing schedule, she is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator.
“The Korean-Canadian soprano Sung Ha Shin has a voice of silk, and a stage presence of great allure. Her classical repertoire is impeccably stylish, her response to European poetry intense. I could listen to her Obradors and Falla any time, any place; and her feeding of the poetry into the melodic line of the Nocturne from Britten’s On this Island was unforgettable.”
– Hilary Finch, The Guardian (London, England)