Peggy Hua – Resident Conductor of the B.C. Chinese Orchestra
Peggy Hua is a Vancouver-based conductor and an advocate for the arts. As a frequent sought-after clinician, Peggy has directed performances in Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Chan Centre, and Roundhouse Theatre. Peggy has studied conducting with Lars Kaario, Dr. John van Duersen, Dr. Rob Taylor, Maestro Dwight Bennett, Dr. Graeme Langager, and Maestro Vance George. As a recent graduate of the UBC Choral Conducting Masters Program, Peggy works with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists from the age of six to ninety.
Currently, Peggy directs the Downton Singers, Left Coast Labour Chorus, and Elgar Strings. In June 2015, Peggy was appointed the sessional lecturer for the UBC Music undergraduate choral conducting course. Recently, Peggy has been offered conductor position in the Huaren Choir of Vancouver, Canada Y.C. Music Academy Orchestra, and the BC Chinese Orchestra.
Outside the music world, Peggy serves as Citizen Rep on the Environment Committee Board of Burnaby City Hall, Board Member of Egret Music Centre, Executive Director of Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival, and the co-founder of Once Upon a Time Macarons.
Tian Ip – Resident Conductor of the B.C. Youth Chinese Orchestra
Tian Ip is always seeking opportunities to improve students’ musical journeys and has more than 20 years of professional teaching and performing experience. Born in Hong Kong and having grown up in Vancouver, Tian started playing classical piano when she was four and zheng when she was nine. She has studied with masters such as 許路加，徐能強 and 項斯華. Her diverse music education background includes pipe organ performance (BMus) from the University of British Columbia, graduate conducting and general music studies from Capilano University, audio engineering from the Art Institute of Vancouver, and piano performance from the Associated Board of Royal School of Music. Tian has qualifications in multiple teaching methods: Yamaha Music method, Orff-Schulwerk and RCM teaching qualifications.
Tian has worked as a music director and has led adult and children’s choirs at her church for over 5 years. Tian has recently been invited to be the music director for the Ecole Cariboo Hill Secondary School Rock Band where she takes pride in enriching the lives of teenagers. Tian has extensive knowledge and experience with multiple music genres including Balinese gamelan, Taiko drumming, and other ethnomusic groups and genres.