Prof. Johnny M Poon
Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts
Professor and Head of Department of Music
Conducting and Orchestral Studies
Music Director, Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra
Music Director, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong
Office: AST801A
Tel.: (852) 3411-7047
E-mail: jpoon@hkbu.edu.hk

Johnny M Poon is currently Head of Department of Music and Acting Dean of Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is an elected fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. He is also music director and conductor of the HKBU Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Hong Kong. Previously, Poon held positions as Director of Operas and Choral Music at the University of Evansville, Music Director of the Evansville Collegium Musicum, Associate Conductor of OperaFestival di Roma, Artistic Director of Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival and the Manhattan-Hong Kong Music Festival.

Poon has appeared in many of the world・s leading festivals and concert halls including the Carnegie Hall, Glinka Cappella Hall, Novgorod Philharmonic Hall, Gnessin Institute of Arts, The National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China), Operafestvial di Roma and Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has guest conducted such ensembles as the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Filarmonica Mihail Jora Bacau, Kammarkoren Svenska Roster, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Slezske divadlo Opava, Sinfonica dell・ International Chamber Ensemble, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Baroque Camerata (Taiwan), Beijing Central Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Tsinghua University Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Poon・s credentials in education include a doctoral degree in conducting performance from the University of Iowa and a distinguished collegiate teaching career complemented with a long and illustrious record of teaching and scholastic awards. Among numerous distinctions, Poon was twice included in Who・s Who Among America・s Teachers. He was the recipient of the Chi Omega Professor of the Year Award and the Sadler & Sydney Berger Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement at the University of Evansville. Poon was twice honored with artistic citations for Outstanding Orchestral Performance and Music Direction at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
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