July 20th – 23rd 2023 The World Peace Choral Festival 2023

July 18th – 21st 2024 The World Peace Choral Festival 2024

July 17th – 20th 2025 The World Peace Choral Festival 2025

Prof. Thomas Caplin


Prof. Thomas Caplin

                                                                                      Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Mr. Caplin received his education as a singer, conductor and choral pedagogue at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He is frequently engaged as guest conductor and clinician, and as adjudicator in competitions in Norway and abroad since 1994, where he has been adjudicating in choir competitions on more than 30 occasions, including World Choir Games in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2016. Among Caplin's fields of expertise, he is particularly renowned as a specialist within the psychological/pedagogical aspects of choral leadership, coupled with the traditional perspectives of choral conducting and the overall running of a choir including all aspects. Another area where his knowledge and understanding is in demand, is the cross section between classical/traditional leadership and rhythmic choral leadership.

In 2004 he was awarded the recognition “Choral Director of the Year” by the Norwegian Choral Directors’ Association. He has received international recognitions for his leadership of the following choirs :
The Lund University Male Choir (prominent male choir from University of Lund, Sweden, World Choir champions in Shaoxing in 2010), Chamber Choir Collegium Vocale (Norway), Oslo University Male Choir (World Choir Champion in Xiamen, China 2006) and Defrost Youth Choir. Internationally he was in the steering committee for the IFCM mentor program "Conductors Without Borders", and is the Norwegian representative in the Interkultur World Choir Council. His present employment is Professor in music at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Hamar (Norway. He presently conducts the Defrost Youth Choir, and is a leader of and singing member of the vocal group Nordic Blue.