Artistic Directors

Peggy Hua – Artistic Director of the B.C. Chinese Orchestra

Peggy Hua is a conductor and music educator based in
Vancouver, Canada. Drawing inspiration from their
Taiwanese heritage and connections to Chinese
culture, Peggy is a strong supporter of Vancouver’s
diverse music scene. Peggy is currently appointed as
the Resident Conductor of the BC Chinese Orchestra
and BC Chinese Music Ensemble, Conductor of Egret
Taiwanese Choir, Left Coast Labour Chorus, Vancouver Huaren Choir, and Artistic Director of Downton Singers. In 2014, Peggy directed Cor Flammae as the inaugural guest conductor and is currently the associate conductor of the choir. In 2016, Peggy was invited to guest conduct the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) in an intercultural fusion concert featuring Contemporary Vietnamese
and Canadian composers. Peggy has also been on the
faculty at the University of British Columbia, teaching
choral conducting at the School of Music.
Peggy received their graduate degree in choral conducting from University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Dr. Graeme Langager. Peggy has also studied conducting under Lars Kaario, Maestro Dwight Bennett, and Maestro Vance George. Peggy has served on numerous boards in Vancouver, namely the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, and was recently appointed as board director of the Pride in Art Society (PiA).

Gloria Wong – Artistic Director of the B.C. Youth Chinese Orchestra

Gloria Wong is a Chinese music educator, conductor, scholar and administrator. She has worked in many roles to promote Chinese instrumental music in Vancouver in the past 12 years. She served as the Artistic Director of the British Columbia Youth Chinese Orchestra since 2010. She was the founding Chair of the Chinese Music Program at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, which began in 2016. She served at the VSO School of Music as World Music Department Head and worked to expand program offerings within world music (2017-19). Wong is also a passionate pedagogue of intercultural music and served as the Principal of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Summer Academy of 2019. She has been the Director of the Chinese Music Ensemble at the University of British Columbia since 2019. She is currently also serving as the Executive Officer at the BC Chinese Music Association.

Wong holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia (2010). Her publications
include the monograph, Yueqi: Chinese Musical Instruments in Performance (British Columbia Chinese
Music Association, 2011), co-authored with Professor Emeritus Alan Thrasher. She also contributed
Chinese instrument articles to the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (Oxford,
2014).

Dailin Hsieh – Co-Artistic Director of BCCME

Dai-Lin HSIEH, one of the most talented zheng performers of her generation, is very
active on stage as a soloist and chamber music player in Taiwan and abroad.
Performing with precision and astonishing techniques, She has been invited to

perform in Asian countries, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium ect. In recent years, Dai-
Lin has given many solo recitals internationally and premiered a number of important

Taiwanese zheng compositions. Her solo CD Zheng Image, released in 2014, is a
collection of new compositions, and it has quickly met critical acclaim.
In 2019, Dai-Lin lives in Vancouver, BC. Focusing her music career in Guzheng
performance and teaching, Dai-Lin currently is cooperating with Orchid Ensemble,
Naadaleela Ensemble, Vancouver Inter-culture Orchestra, BC Chinese Orchestra,
Allegra Chamber Orchestra, Music on Main, Turning Point Ensemble and NOW Society.

 

Bruce Bai – Co-Artistic Director of BCCME

Born in China, Bruce Bai followed his musical pursuits to the Canadian west coast.
Actively exploring careers as a composer, songwriter, sound designer, and a solo
performing artist, he has studied voice with Geordie Robert, and composition with Mark
Armanini at Capilano University. Since 2014, he has been learning Erhu with Nichole Li.
On October 2017, he went to Inner Mongolia to study Mongolian throat singing. Started
from November 16, 2014, his music works performed by Various ensembles and
orchestras such as Toronto Dim Sum Ensemble, Vancouver Inter-Culture Orchestra
(VICO), The Piano and Erhu Project (PEP), Erato Ensemble, Sound of Dragon Ensemble,
BC Chinese Orchestra, Toronto Chinese Orchestra, Borealis String Quartet, Turning Point
Ensemble, as well as the Little Giant Orchestra from Taiwan. Currently he is the board
member of Sound of Dragon Society, composer in residence of BC Chinese Music
Association, producer and artistic director of BC Chinese Music Ensemble. Focusing on
combining and exploring the possibility to combine or mix the western and the eastern
music, his goal is aiming to learn from tradition and innovate for future.