Jenny Wong

A Hong Kong native based in Los Angeles, Jenny Wong is the associate artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Recent conducting engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Industry, Long Beach Opera, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Grammy-winning ensemble Phoenix Chorale in Phoenix, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, as well as the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music.

In 2021, Wong was one of nine national recipients of OPERA America’s inaugural Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors. Staged and opera works include Peter Sellars’ production of di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Festival Internacionale Cervantino, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico and in the United States), the opera Sweet Land (2021 Award for Best New Opera by the Music Critics’ Association) by Du Yun and Raven Chacon (directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska-Luger), Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Kate Soper’s Voices from the Killing Jar in collaboration with WildUp.

As a chorus master, Wong has prepared vocal ensembles for Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, Eric Whitacre, María Guinand and Music Academy of the West, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, released by Deutsche Grammophon and winner of the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance, and the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion. This season, engagements will include San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, Wong was assistant producer of the Master Chorale’s latest album, Eric Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil with Signum Classics. 

Wong won 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. She 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, for which she conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra.

Wong received her doctorate of musical arts and master of music from the University of Southern California. She earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

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