Peggy Hua – Resident Conductor of the BCCO
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.
Dr. Gloria Wong – Resident Conductor of the BCYCO
Dr. Wong is an ethnomusicologist and a Chinese music specialist. She was trained in classical Western music as a child and was later introduced to Chinese music in university. At present, she teaches piano and voice while doing research on music of diverse cultures. Dr. Wong was born and raised in Vancouver. She graduated with a doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of British Columbia in 2010. She has been a member and teacher of the UBC Chinese Music Ensemble for over 10 years. Last year she published a book titled, Yueqi: Chinese Musical Instruments in performance, with her long-time mentor Professor Alan Thrasher.