A native of Hong Kong, Jenny Wong is one of the youngest conductors to win two consecutive World Champion titles at the World Choir Games (China, 2010) and the International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition (Germany, 2011), conducting the Diocesan Girls' School Choir from Hong Kong. Wong has conducted and performed in Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, China and across the United States.
Wong assumed the position of Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2017, after first becoming Assistant Conductor in 2016. In this position, she made her solo conducting debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall conducting the six Bach Motets, and has conducted on Master Chorale’s various programs, including the premiere of Moira Smiley's five-movement Time in Our Voices. In the 2018/19 season she will conduct Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Dale Trumbore’s How to Go On. She will also conduct several performances of the Master Chorale’s touring production of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro directed by Peter Sellars, including festival dates in Melbourne, Australia and Mexico. She has prepared choruses for Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, Eric Whitacre, and María Guinand.
Wong has been a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Distinguished Concerts International New York and Hong Kong SingFest. She assisted Matthew Halls in Verdi’s Requiem at Oregon Bach Festival, and has conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra with Hong Kong SingFest. In Hong Kong, Wong founded and directed her own female youth chorus, Flow Women’s Voices. Wong was assistant conductor of the Donald Brinegar Singers, conductor of the USC Apollo Men’s Choir and recipient of the USC Chamber Singers Award. She recently served as the Interim Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Pasadena.
Previous teaching roles include Visiting Instructor of Choral Activities at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, where she prepared choruses for Peter Jaffe and the Stockton Symphony. She also taught choral conducting at the University of Southern California, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts. She has given lectures on Chinese choral music and is an active clinician for choirs.
Wong earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with highest honors. She sang back-up for Elton John at the 2013 Emmy Awards and for Barry Manilow. Her teachers include Chet Alwes, Donald Brinegar, Simon Carrington, Ronnie Cheng, Cristian Grases, Matthew Halls, Morten Lauridsen, Larry Livingston, Helmuth Rilling, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Nick Strimple. She has also conducted in masterclasses with Markand Thakar, Rodney Eichenberger, Craig Jessop, Michael Adelson and Jonathan Griffith.