Jung-Ho Pak (born February 4, 1962 in Burlingame, California) is an American symphony conductor. He was Artistic Director San Diego Symphony and of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, of which he is now Conductor Emeritus. He was Music Director of the Diablo Ballet and the NEXT Generation Chamber Orchestra. He was artistic director of the now-defunct Orchestra Nova San Diego. Mr. Pak guest conducts internationally in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He is the Director of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, as well as musical director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the director of orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Pak began studying the piano at age 6, and three years later, he was awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory and enrolled in a college music theory class. He began studying clarinet at age 11, and played in bands and orchestras into college.
B. A., Music, University of California, Santa Cruz, (1980-2)
Assoc. of California Symphony Orch. Conducting Seminar, Franz Allers (1982)
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Michael Senturia, Jahja Ling (1982-4)
Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, (1983)
M.M. University of Southern California, Daniel Lewis (1984-6)
Herbert Blomstedt Conducting Institute, Master Class (1985)
Redlands Symphony Conducting Institute (1986-7)
American Conductors Guild Seminar, Harold Farberman, Dan Lewis (1987)
In 1997, Pak was appointed music director the San Diego Symphony to lead it out of bankruptcy, which eventually became an artistic and financial success, receiving one of the largest endowment pledges in American orchestral history (over $110 million).
In 2006 The San Diego Chamber Orchestra appointed Mr. Pak as artistic director and conductor, in 2009 the ensemble changed their name to Orchestra Nova San Diego to reflect their innovative artistic aspirations under Pak's leadership.
In 2008, Pak was a guest conductor for the 2008 ASTA National High School Honors Orchestra; the convention that year was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In 2012, Pak demanded a new business and artistic model for Orchestra Nova San Diego, which was largely causative of the orchestra's demise. Pak demanded absolute control of hiring musicians for the orchestra's programs, a demand which was rejected by the musicians. Pak resigned, and the orchestra filed for bankruptcy in December, 2012.