Pacific Choral Ensembles
Choral music at the University of the Pacific has a long and distinguished tradition with the first a cappella choir in the West established here in 1916.
The Pacific Choral Ensembles are a rich and vital component of Conservatory and University life. They are a platform for the fundamentals of ensemble collaboration, musicianship and musicality, providing an opportunity to learn a myriad of styles and genres while singing together.
Representative repertoire includes Carissimi's Baroque oratorio Jephte, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven (performed with the University Symphony Orchestra), Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky (performed with the Stockton Symphony), Dave Brubeck's The Gates of Justice (performed with the Dave Brubeck Quartet), and a variety of classical, spiritual and gospel, jazz and a cappella repertoire from different cultures.
Performance venues include the Faye Spanos Concert Hall, the beautiful and intimate Morris Chapel, the magnificent Cathedral of the Annunciation, and the contemporary Atherton Auditorium on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College (with the Stockton Symphony).
The Pacific Singers, is a select mixed voice chamber choir. It combines with the University Chorus and Oriana Choir for two concerts each semester and performs annually with the University Symphony Orchestra or the Stockton Symphony in the performance of major choral and orchestral works. The Pacific Singers also sing at significant University events, such as at the Board of Regents dinner this season.
The University Chorus is a large mixed chorus open to any student in the University by audition. It combines with the other choirs for two performances each semester and performs in both a cappella and choral-orchestral works in a wide variety of genres.
The Oriana Choir is our women's ensemble. It performs independently, with the other choirs and with the orchestral ensembles. This season Oriana has sung for the Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor at the Advancing Women's Leadership Forum, and is collaborating with the Stockton Symphony in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Membership in the choral ensembles is open by audition to any University of the Pacific student of any major. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. While vocal majors perform in choral ensembles each semester, all music majors sing in an ensemble for at least two semesters.
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). Since Wong's conducting career began in 2009 as conductor and music teacher at Hong Kong's Diocesan Girls' School, she has conducted and performed in Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, China and across the United States.
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 conducting Verdi's Requiem, and has conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. Her teachers include Chet Alwes, Donald Brinegar, Simon Carrington, Cristian Grases, Matthew Halls, Morten Lauridsen, Larry Livingston, Helmuth Rilling, Jo-Michael Scheibe and Nick Strimple.
Prior to joining the University of the Pacific, she taught choral conducting at the University of Southern California, where she is currently ABD in her D.M.A. in choral conducting and completed her M.M. 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 has given lectures on Chinese choral music and Chinese Christian hymnody. In Hong Kong, Wong founded and directs her own female youth chorus, Flow Women's Voices.
Wong also enjoys performing as a vocal soloist, having earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with highest honors. She also sang back-up for Elton John at the 2013 Emmy Awards and for Barry Manilow. In 2007 she gained 3rdplace at the 62nd Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod vocal solo competition in Wales, and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria on scholarship in 2008.