Professor Joshua Law has taught voice, choir and East Asian music at City College of San Francisco for over 40 years. He was elected as Chairperson of the Asian Studies Department in 2002 and retired from the college in 2009. After his retirement, he was requested to continue directing the oratorio chorus of the College, which, under his baton, has performed numerous major choral masterworks till 2012. Joshua founded and directed Herald Chorale in 2013. Since then the chorus has grown to 85 members serving the Bay Area with many choral/orchestral musicals for worship and evangelism. Joshua has taught for over twenty five years at local theological seminaries on church music ministries, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Biblical Anthropology and Ecclesiology.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Joshua began his musical life playing violin in his high school orchestra. He also played trumpet as a teenager and started cello lessons at college. In his senior year at college, majoring in Social Work, he won first place in a city wide singing contest that landed him in Europe immediately after graduation for conferences and further education.
Joshua came to the States and was accepted into the graduate school at Cal State L. A. from which he obtained his master’s degree in music. He specialized in voice and choral conducting, studying voice with Esther Andreas and William Vennard at USC, choral conducting with Francis Baxter and orchestral conducting with Gaylord Browne, Ethnomusicology with TakShindo. He further specialized in vocal acoustics and diction and was selected as a vocal pedagogy workshop singer by Richard Miller. In addition to playing various stringed instruments, Joshua plays baritone horn, trombone and other wind instruments. Joshua has performed on many occasions leading roles in operas and oratorios, directed numerous yearly Christian musicals, oratorio productions and Broadway choruses, sang solo concerts, produced many concerts and music for radio and TV programs and served as chief judge in numerous singing contests.
As a theology professor, choir director, worship leader, Joshua is frequently invited to speak by local and international churches and para-church organizations for conferences and workshops. To equip him for such frequent invitations, he had pursued extensive theological education which prepared him for the pastoral ministry and was ordained into the ministry in 1984 by The Bible Churches of America. Praise God, in 1997, Overseas Theological Seminary’s founding President and Professor Rev. John Tseng invited Joshua to teach Christian Worship and Music. Since then, through Joshua’s faithfulness, God has blessed many seminarians through his teaching and discipleship.
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