jenny wong, conductor & soprano
A native of Hong Kong, Jenny Wong was one of the youngest conductors to win two consecutive World Champion titles at the World Choir Games (China, 2010) and the International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition (Germany, 2011), conducting the Diocesan Girls' School Choir from Hong Kong. Wong has conducted and performed in Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China and across the United States.
Wong assumed the position of Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2017, after first becoming Assistant Conductor in 2016. She made her solo conducting debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall conducting the six Bach Motets BWV 225-230, and has conducted on Master Chorale’s various programs, including the premiere of Moira Smiley's five-movement Time in Our Voices. She has prepared choruses for Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, Eric Whitacre, María Guinand, and Music Academy of the West, including the U.S. premier of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion.
This season, outside of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wong will conduct the LA Master Chorale in performances of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro, staged by Peter Sellars, Melbourne International Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia, at the Festival Internacionale Cervantino in Guanajuato and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico, at Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Wong will also be conducting Grammy-winning ensemble Phoenix Chorale in Phoenix, Arizona, as a finalist candidate for their Artistic Director position.
Wong has been a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Distinguished Concerts International New York and Hong Kong SingFest. She assisted Matthew Halls in Verdi’s Requiem at Oregon Bach Festival, and has conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra with Hong Kong SingFest. In Hong Kong, Wong founded and directed her own female youth chorus, Flow Women’s Voices. Wong was assistant conductor of the Donald Brinegar Singers.
Wong received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she also taught choral conducting, was conductor of the USC Apollo Men’s Choir and recipient of the USC Chamber Singers Award. She earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with highest honors. Previous positions also include Visiting Instructor of Choral Activities at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, where she prepared choruses for Peter Jaffe and the Stockton Symphony, and Interim Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA. She has given lectures on Chinese choral music and is an active clinician for choirs. Her teachers include Chet Alwes, Donald Brinegar, Simon Carrington, Ronnie Cheng, Cristian Grases, Matthew Halls, Morten Lauridsen, Larry Livingston, Helmuth Rilling, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Nick Strimple.
As a singer, Wong sang back-up for Elton John at the 2013 Emmy Awards and for Barry Manilow. In 2007 she gained 3rd place at the 62nd Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod vocal solo competition in Wales, and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria on scholarship in 2008.
2017 - present, Associate Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale
2016 - 2017, Assistant Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale
2017 - 2018, Interim Choirmaster, All Saints Church, Pasadena
2015 - 2016, Visiting Instructor of Choral Activities, University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
2012 - Present, Founder and Director, Flow Women's Voices, Hong Kong
2014-2015, Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California
2012-2013, Assistant Conductor, University of Southern California Apollo Men's Chorus
2012-2013, Assistant Conductor, Don Brinegar Singers
2009-2011, Music Director, Diocesan Girls' School, Hong Kong
2015 Baltimore Chamber Orchestra - Conducting Fellow
2015 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival - Conducting Fellow
2014 Oregon Bach Festival - Conducting Fellow
2013 Hong Kong SingFest - Conducting Fellow
2012 Distinguished Concerts International New York - Conducting Fellow
2012 Hong Kong SingFest - Conducting Fellow
AWARDS as conductor
Champion, 2011 International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition, Wenigerode, Germany - Youth Choir of Equal Voices
Champion, 2010 World Choir Games, Shaoxing China - Youth Choir of Equal Voices
2011 Best Girls' Choir in Hong Kong and Best Junior Choir in Hong Kong
2010 Best Junior Choir in Hong Kong
D.M.A. Choral Conducting, University of Southern California ‘17
M.M. Choral Conducting, University of Southern California '13
B.M. Voice Performance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign '09