From Mike Kinman, Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena:
I am excited to announce that Jenny Wong will be joining the All Saints staff as our Interim Choirmaster. Jenny will be with us from August 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 while we engage in a thorough search for our permanent Director of Music and will conduct both Canterbury and Coventry choirs.
A native of Hong Kong, Jenny began conducting in 2009 and has led choirs across the U.S., Germany, Austria, South Korea, and China. A DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program and assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Jenny has previously served as a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Distinguished Concerts International New York, and Hong Kong Singfest, and has also served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities with the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton.
At USC, she has conducted the Apollo Men’s Choir and was the recipient of the USC Chamber Singers Award. In Hong Kong, she founded and now directs a female youth chorus, Flow Women’s Voices. Also an acclaimed vocal soloist, Jenny earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
In Jenny, we are welcoming a brilliant artist with passionate spirit to lead our adult choirs in the coming year. It is clear that under her leadership, this will not be a year of just marking time but of continuing to grow musically as a congregation in new and exciting ways. We are deeply grateful to our Associate Organist-Choirmaster, Weicheng Zhao, who will be expanding his duties during this time of transition. We are incredibly blessed by Weicheng’s presence with us … as are we by the brilliant Jenny Tisi, who continues to lead our children and youth music program in exciting new directions.
Many thanks as well to our interim search team — Terry Knowles, Elizabeth Tatum, Gloria Pitzer and Melissa Hayes. Their outstanding work has assured us that we will be in excellent shape as we turn our attention now toward finding a permanent Director of Music for All Saints Church. Meanwhile, we are thrilled to be welcoming Jenny to All Saints as we look forward to the work we will do together in the year ahead!