History of the Vancouver Chinese Singers

 

 
 
Vancouver Chinese Singers (VCS) is a BC government registered non-profit organization, established in 1984 by a group of enthusiastic music-loving Chinese Canadians. The members felt that through music they could express their warm memories and yearning for their homeland.

In addition to one or two concert performances per year, VCS (Yuan Dao) has also participated in many Canadian activities and charitable events, including: Performances by invitation at EXPO '86 and at the 2003 Taiwan Cultural Festival in Vancouver; A concert, entitled "An Evening with Yuan Dao", in 1997 (Canada's Year of Asia-Pacific) sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Department of Canada; Fund-raising concerts for Vancouver's Children's Hospital and earthquake victims in Taiwan. They have also visited local hospitals and senior nursing homes occasionally.

The members of Yuan Dao have also made many friends through music, including visits to Vancouver from Melodia Sinica Choir of Los Angeles, and twice from Rong Rong Choir of Seattle. VCS have also traveled to Seattle - once in 1989 to perform with Rong Rong, then in 1995 to sing with Seattle's Qing Qing and Four Seasons Choirs, and the Qing Qing Choir from San Francisco.

Yuan Dao sings a variety of music, including traditional and contemporary folk songs from east and west, as well as classical songs, songs with poetic verse, and religious songs of praise. With new acquaintances and long-time members united in music and teamwork, VCS will always strive to improve in the future.
 

 

Members

 

   
 
Conductor:Katherine Lu (1997 to now)
Katherine, born in Taiwan, graduated from U.B.C. with B.Sc. major in chemistry. She first started voice lessons as a teenager in Taiwan. Later she studied and completed the Royal Conservatory curriculum under the guidance of Beth Watson in Vancouver. She has also practiced Russian songs with pianist Janina Kuzmas for three years and she has studied the techniques of singing English songs and German lieder with Soprano Anna Tamm-Relyea for many years. In the last few years, Katherine has been giving annual recitals regularly. She was twice in Beijing, China to study the interpretation and singing of Chinese folk songs. Katherine is one of the founders of the Vancouver Chinese Singers Society. She has been the conductor for the group since 1997. She is now teaching Mandarin full time at Burnaby North Secondary School.
 
 
Cellist: Sophia Hsu
(2011 to now)
Sophia Hsu was born in Tainan, Ms. Hsu majored in Piano at National Tainan Girls' Senior High School. Ms. Hsu received her bachelor degree in cello performance from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 1997.In 2000, Ms. Hsu received her Artist Diploma in cello performance from Vancouver Academy of Music.Her cello teacher include Zheng-Jie Zhang, ke-Ming Lin, Sergei Mnojine, Yi-Qing Zheng and Lee Duckles. From Master classes she also learned from Zara Nelsova, Andres Diaz and Vladimir Ranteleyev.

Ms. Hsu has appeared as a cellist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra a, New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, B.C. Chamber Orchestra and Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra. In 2000 Ms. Hsu taught cello and chamber music in several music-gifted elementary and high schools in Taiwan. In 2007 she moved to Vancouver, Canada and continued to dedicate herself to teaching . As a performer, she is invited frequently to perform as a chamber player.
 

 

Piano Accompanist: Angel Jung
(2016 to now)
Ange is well respected as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist, has performed numerous concerts in Asia and North America throughout her music career. Back in Korea, as a soloist, Ms. Jung was chosen as 4 top new pianists in the city of Gwangju and toured around major cities of Korea; in the year of 1997-1998, she has won two gold medal prizes from the Honam National art competition. Ms. Jung has accompanied numerous recitals throughout the United States, Taiwan, and Korea, includes accompanying in major operas such as "Carmen" and "Marriage of Figaro", and performed with orchestra in Mendocino Music Festival. As a distinguished scholarship recipient, Ms. Jung earned her Master of Music in piano accompanying from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has been awarded as the Department Honor accompanist in the 2005-2006 year, where she studied with Timothy Bach. Ms. Jung has served as the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory of Music as accompanist for the preparatory and extension division. As the pianist of the KAS piano trio, Ms. Jung has toured Asia and North America in 2007, the live performance were featured on the major radio stations in Asia. In her music career, Ms. Jung has been appointed accompanist for professional choirs, private studios and well known competitions.
 

 

 

Accompanist:I-Fen Peng (2005 to 2015)
Dr. Peng started to play piano at the age of four and later entered the National NormalUniversity of Taiwan as the recipient of a nationalscholarship where she studied piano withProfessor Li-Na Yeh. In 1994 she completed her Master of Music at Ohio StateUniversitywhere she studied piano with world renowned pianists Earl Wild and Dr. Rosemary Platt. Dr. Peng then received a full scholarship to pursue her doctoral studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where her mentors included James Tocco, Eugene Pridonoff, Sandra Rivers and Kenneth Griffith. Additionally, Dr. Peng participated in master classes with Hans Leygraf, Menahem Pressler, and Ruth Laredo. Dr. Peng was broadcast live on WGUC Radio of Cincinnati on several occasions while a resident of Ohio.
In 2001 she was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor at the Tainan University of Arts and Technology. Dr. Peng relocated Vancouver British Columbia next year to establish a private academy. Dr. Peng has been an active teacher and performer during her Vancouver years. She has collaborated with choirs, professional instrumentalists, vocalists and fellow piano players in several venues including the Chan Centre, the Vancouver Playhouse and theTaiwanese Cultural Festival at the Plaza of Nations. Her students are routinely successful in local festivals have achieved performers levels as high as the ARCT and beyond.
 


 

Section Leader:Minna Mei-Hua Teng
(1999 to 2010)
Minna Teng was born in Taiwan and graduated from Taipei Teachers College.Minna was a violinist in the Taiwan Provincial Orchestra.She also studied voice in Vienna
 

 

Small Ensemble Accompanist:Betty Hon
(2006-2010)
Ms. Betty Hon graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree major in performance. She also holds the diplomas from Royal School of Music and Trinity College of Music, London. She now devotes her time to piano accompaniment with choir, violinists, flutists and singers. She also teaches piano and theory and enjoys arranging music.
 

 

  Vancouver Chinese Singers 2016-2017
Conductor: Katherine Lu ☻
Accompanist: Angel Jung
Accompanist: Sophia Hsu ☻

 
* SOPRANO :
Eliza Chang Jenny Chen Suki Cheung
Lillian Chung☻ Alice Hsu Hwa-Chiao Lee
Elsa Leung☻ Dorothy Li Feng Ying Liu
Joan Lu Sharon Lu☻ Margaret Ma☻
Ezebella Nieh Debbie Pan Esther Poon☻
Jane Sung Julia Tan Sophia Tseng☻
Julie Wang☻ Veronica Wong Maria Talin Wu


* ALTO :

Flora Chang Tracy Chen Shirley Chiu☻
Maria Lee Nina Lee Rebecca Lin☻
Lily Lo☻ Chris Sun Tina Wang ☻
Linda Wu You Dan Zhang

* TENOR :

Geoffrey Lee☻ James Lu James Shan☻
David Shen☻  

* BASS :

Billy Fang Bin Sun☻ Danny Yu
Patrick Liu
 

☻ Small Ensemble Members

  Members of the Vancouver Chinese Singers 2010
Conductor: Katherine Lu
Accompanist: I-Fen Peng

 
* SOPRANO :
Celia Chao Lillian Chung Lucy Peng
Veronica Wong Fengying Liu Teresa Chan
Julie Wang Serina Mang Pedy Chen
Yi Lin Jennifer Chen Susan Lee
Ping Sung Wong Josie Seetoh Jean Huang


* ALTO :

Minna Teng Rebecca Lin Shirley Chiu
Chris Sun Maria Wu Echo Gong

* TENOR :

David Shen Shih-Ming Liu Geoffrey Lee
James Shan Peter Chang  

* BASS :

Bin Sun Billy Fang  

 

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