The Choir

The Chinyun Chorus, incorporated in 1973, is one of the foremost choruses in Taiwan. The Chinyun Chorus, composed of alumni of two best senior high schools in Taiwan, the Chien-Kuo Senior High School and the Taipei Municipal First Girls' Senior High School, enjoys the loftiest reputation of alumni choruses in the whole Chinese world.

Being one of the oldest choruses in Taiwan, Chinyun has witnessed the growing stronger of the population of the choir philharmonic. The Chinyun Chorus is now directed by four famous musicians: Prof. Cheng-Pu Chang, who received her Ph.D degree of Conducting in the University of Miami; Prof. Yi-Ying Tai, who received her Ph.D degree of Conducting in the University of Wisconsin; Prof. Weng, Chia-Fen, who received her Ph.D degree of Conducting in the University of Texas at Austin; and Prof. Lee, Chia-Yi, who received her Master degree of Vocal in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These four outstanding professionals lead the Chinyun Chorus to explore all fields of choral music, from 16th century music to modern music. The Chinyun Chorus holds formal performances frequently, including the Premiere of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor in Taiwan, the Night of Huang You-Di, the concert "Devoted to the Motherland" and lots of other successful performances.

The latest concert of Chinyun was held on May 19th 2009 in the Cultural Center of Taipei Country. There will be a summer camp this Auguest, a concert cooperating with outstanding soprano solo Prof. Lee, Chia-Yi on September 19th in Taipei HolyFamilyCatholoc Church.

The followings are the repertoire Chinyun has performed during last three years:

2006

 

February

Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer
Hassler, Palestrina, Victoria: Motet
John Rutter: Magnificat, Birthday Madrigals

September

W.A. Mozart: Missa Brevis K259, Ave verum corpus
A. Salieri: Missa No.1 D Major
The selections of G. Rossini: I Gondolieri, La Passeggiata

2007

 

May

Bach: Magnificat
Dello Joio: A Jubilant Song

September

G.F.Handel: Te Deum in A Major
B.Britten: Festival Te Deum
A.Piazzolla: Winter Tango of Buenos Aires

2008

 

March

O. Gjeilo: Prelude
W. A. Mozart: Te Deum laudamus
I. Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
J. Rutter: Birthday Madrigals

August

Hassler: Mein Lieb
Faure: Madrigal
Durufle: Ubi Caritas
Clausen: Ubi Caritas
Chilcott: Little Jazz Mass
Mantyjarvi: El Hambo
Piazzola: Libertango

September

J. S. Bach: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
J. S. Bach: Kantata
J. S. Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria
Luzzi: Ave Maria
Tosti: Preghiera
Mascagni: Ave Maria
Rossini: O Salutaris Hostia
W. A. Mozart: Laudate Dominum
F. Haydn: Mass in time of war in C Major Paukenmesse: Kyrie, Agnus Dei

Schubert: Ave Maria
Faure: En priere
Malotte: The Lord's Prayer
N. Rorem: Alleluja


December

Bach: Jesu bleibet meine Freude
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Messe de Minuit pour No. l
Variations on "Jingle Bells", words and music by John Pierpont, arr.by Mark Hayes,

2009

 

May

Ji-Hoon Park: Missa Brevis No.2
George F. Handel: Coronation Anthem No.2
Jazz part: Lullaby of Broadway, Moon River, ...

The Conductor

Dr. Chia-fen Weng

Dr. Chia-fen Weng is one of the most active and charming choral conductors in Taiwan. Born in Chayi, Taiwan, her family moved to Taipei when she was very young, so she spent most of her school life in Taipei City. After graduating from Taipei Municipal First Girls’ Senior High School, she attended to National Taiwan Normal University majoring in music, which is the best music institute in Taiwan. Graduated with honor, she attended to the graduate school in NTNU and started her conducting professional life then. In 1989, she went to the University of Texas in Austin for her doctoral degree studied under the advice of Dr. M. Beachy and concentrated in choral conducting.

In 1995, Dr. Weng got her doctor degree and went back to Taiwan teaching in National Sun Yet-Sen University, Department of Music. At the same time, she conducts Koushung Teachers’ Chorus, NSNYU Chorus, and Chin-Yun Chorus, which Dr.Weng had spent her college life with. Besides, she is invited as a guest conductor in many choruses including Century Choir and Taipei Chamber Choir. Flying back and forth between Taipei and Koushung, Dr. Weng shows her great enthusiasm to choral music.

Dr. Weng is a professor teaching choral conducting in National Sun Yet-Sen University and National Taiwan Normal University, conductor of the chorus of music department in National Sun Yet-Sen University, Kaohsiung chamber chorus and Chinyun chamber chorus now. Besides, she is a member of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).

Dr. Chia-yi Lee

Dr. Chia-yi Lee is a very warm choral conductor. After graduated from Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in National Taiwan University and Department of Music in Taipei National University of the Arts, she received her master of music degree from University of Illinois. She has been under the guidance of Dr. Chi-ling Hung, Dr. Eugene Fernandi, Dr. Chen Tang, Dr. Ollie W. Davis and Dr. Eric Dalheim.Dr. Lee attended Chinyun Chorus in 1977, which made her specialize in music after graduating from university. After Dr. Lee got her master degree and went back to Taiwan in 1990, she became very active attending internal and abroad concerts and operas as a soprano solo, and she conducts Chinyun Chorus from 1993 until now.

Dr. Lee now is a professor in Department of Music in Taipei National University of the Arts. From 2000, She has delivered 8 art song vocal concerts in National Performing Hall, which were wildly successful.

Dr. Yi-ying Tai

Dr. Yi-ying Tai begin learning to play piano when she was very young, teached by her mother. Then she learn to play cello under the advice of Mr. Cheng-chu Chen, Ms. Mei-ying Liao and Ms. Su-chih Tseng. She was appointed to cello leader when she was in the orchestra of Taipei First Girl's Senior High School and the orchestra of National Cheng Kung University.Dr. Tai received her doctor degree of choral conducting from University of Wisconsin in Madison under the advice of Professor Beverly Taylor (minor in orchestral conduct under the advice of Professor David Becker), master degree of choral conducting from University of Rochester in Eastman School of Music under the advice of Dr. William Weinert (minor in orchestral conduct under the advice of Maestro Mendi Rodan and vocal music under the advice of Professor Paul Rowe), and bachelor degree from Department of Resources Engineering in National Cheng Kung University.

Dr. Tai now is teaching in National Tai-Chung University, Taiwan Theological College, Soo Chow University and Fu-Jen Catholic University. She also conducts Chinyun chorus, Taipei Contemporary Chamber Choir, Alumni Chorus of National Cheng-Kung University.

Dr. Cheng-pu Chang

When studying in National Taiwan University, Dr. Cheng-pu Chang double majored in Department of Zoology and Department of Psychology and attended Chinyun Chorus at the same time. After graduated, Dr. Chang attended to the graduate school of music in National Sun Yet-Sen University under the advice of Dr. Chia-fen Weng because of his great passion toward music. In 2007, Dr. Chang got his doctor degree of choral conducting from University of Miami under the advice of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Dr. Donald Oglesby then back to Taiwan.

Dr. Chang now is teaching in National Kaohsiung Normal University and Tainan National University of the Arts. He also conducts Chinyun Chorus, Alumini Chorus of National Chengchi University and Kaohsiung Han Sheng Chorus.

Contact us

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E-Mail:chinyun.chorus@gmail.com