About the Musical Team

Musical Director – Mark Stamper

Mark L. Stamper, a native of South Carolina, began his piano study at the age of three and eventually expanded his musical interests to include choral music. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Winthrop University in 1986 where he studied with Dr. Eugene Barban. In 1989, Mr. Stamper was awarded a Master of Music degree with a concentration in Choral Conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where he was the Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Chorus.

Among some of the Broadway productions Mr. Stamper has served as Musical Director and Accompanist are The Music ManBye, Bye BirdieThe FantastiksThe Sound of MusicInto the WoodsJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatHow to Succeed in Business without Really TryingThe King and IChessKiss Me KateMy Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Rent, Chicago, She Loves Me, 42nd Street, Rocky Horror Picture ShowFootloose, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

With conducting experience widespread among many genres of music, Mr. Stamper’s depth includes ballet, choral, opera, orchestral, and musicals. During any given season, he will be conducting at several venues as well accompanying numerous recitals. His choirs have consistently received superior ratings at UIL contests, featured as an honor choir at ACDA conventions, and released numerous recordings.

He has held appointments as Associate Artistic Director with the Texas Boys Choir, Artistic Director of The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, Artistic Director of The Singing Girls of Texas, and Principal Accompanist of the Turtle Creek Chorale. His most recent posts include being the Music Director for the Theater program at Metropolitan State University, Director of Music/Worship at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, and Artistic Director of the Northland Chorale and the Colorado Repertory Singers. Mark now lives in Wellington, New Zealand where he is teaching piano and looking to expand his career with conducting choral ensembles and teaching voice.

Accompanist & Assistant Musical Director – Gabriel Khor
Gabriel Khor is the accompanist and assistant musical director for Wellington Youth Choir. Currently a student at Victoria University, Gabriel aims to complete his Bachelor in Piano Performance and Composition. Gabriel has worked in various choirs in both Christchurch and Wellington including Burnside High School Senior Chorale and Cantoris. Gabriel was a member of Wellington Youth Choir in 2015 but has returned for the accompanying role in 2017. Gabriel is very thankful to be able to work with the choir and create the best sound Wellington has to offer. Along with Mark, he hopes to make 2019 an exciting year for the choir.
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