Since September 2021, the VU-koor is conducted by Dody Soetanto. Indonesian baritone and conductor, Dody Soetanto finished his study in Classical Singing Performance with Henny Diemer and Conducting with Rob Vermeulen at The Utrecht Conservatory, The Netherlands. He has worked with some of the finest teachers and performers in the Netherlands including Rudolf Jansen, Vincent de Kort, Richard Egarr and Ed Spanjaard.
During his stay in the Netherlands, Dody has been invited regularly to sing some concerts (St.Matthew Passion and Messiah) and several roles such as Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Alcindoro (La Bohéme) with De Nationale Reisopera in Resident Artist Program in England, Smirnov (The Bear) and Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Dutch National Opera Academy, Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro) with STUDIO 32 Utrecht in Grachten Festival – Amsterdam, Crown (Porgy and Bess) with Philips Symphony Orchestra. Dody also sings as soloist and chorister with several professional choirs such as Ribattuta Musica (NL) and SWARA vocal ensemble (BE).
As a conductor, Dody has been working with and giving regular performances with several choirs and professional ensembles (Concerto Valiante) in The Netherlands. He conducted Groot Omroepkoor in their education projects (2013) performing Russian choral works. In Indonesia (2004-2009), Dody conducted and coached several known choirs that have won International Choir Competitions in Asia and Europe. Dody is currently also working with Collegium Utrecht, Leids Kamerkoor and Amsterdams Studenten Project Koor.