A native of Hong Kong, Jenny Wong was 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, Mexico, South 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. She has conducted various programs with the Master Chorale and conducted them on tour in performances of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro, staged by Peter Sellars, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia, the Festival Internacionale Cervantino in Guanajuato and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico, and around the United States. She has prepared choruses for Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, Eric Whitacre, María Guinand, and Music Academy of the West, including the U.S. premier of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion.
This season, Wong co-conducted the new opera Sweet Land with experimental opera company The Industry, composed by composers Du Yun and Raven Chacon, and directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska-Luger. Recent engagements and positions have included the Grammy-winning ensemble Phoenix Chorale in Phoenix, Arizona, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, where she prepared choruses for the Stockton Symphony, and All Saints Church Pasadena, California.
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, by which she conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. In Hong Kong, Wong founded and directed her own female youth chorus, Flow Women’s Voices.
Wong received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she also taught choral conducting, was conductor of the USC Apollo Men’s Choir, and assistant conductor of the Donald Brinegar Singers. She earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with highest honors. She has given lectures on Chinese choral music and is an active clinician for choirs.
As a singer, Wong sang back-up for Elton John at the 2013 Emmy Awards and for Barry Manilow.