Vancouver Chinese Choir Association’s (VCCA) music director since its inception, later became artistic advisor/conductor emeritus, Frank Huang, was a well-known music educator, singer, conductor and cellist. He graduated from St. John's University and the National Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China. Mr. Huang went to Hong Kong in 1953, obtained the Licentiate of the Royal School of Music Diploma in 1954, and joined the Education Department, Music Section, of the Hong Kong Government where he worked until his retirement. While in Hong Kong, he founded the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, and was its music director in its early years. He was also principal cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Huang immigrated to Canada in 1975. In subsequent years and on numerous occasions, he was invited to return to Hong Kong to conduct for various choral and orchestral performances. Locally in his neighborhood communities, he incessantly lent his musical expertise by adjudicating at local singing competitions and hosting choral and conducting workshops. In addition to the VCCA, Mr. Huang conducted the Chown Memorial and Chinese United Church Choir, the Vancouver Oratorio Society and the Vancouver Formosan Oratorio Society. He was also a cellist with the Elgar Strings.
Conductor: Ms Ling Lu
Ling Lu, born and raised in a musical family, she learned to play piano at a very young age. In 1994, she was admitted into the Department of Choral Conducting at the Russian Gnesins Academy of Music as a postgraduate student to further her pursuit of music conducting. She completed her master’s degree in music with excellent achievement. In 2000, she became a doctoral student majoring in conducting, under the guidance of Professor Stanislav Kalinin, Dean of the Choral Conducting Department at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She completed her doctorate degree with honours in November 2004. During the period of her studies in Moscow, she participated in many different types of concerts and successfully conducted numerous choirs, including the Gnesins Chamber Choir, Choir of the Russian Gnesins Academy of Music, Choir of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Moscow National Academy Choir of Kazanikov in the Gnesins Concert Hall and Rachmaninov Concert Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, etc. After immigrating to Canada, she has been active in various music activities. In February 2004, she attended the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 24th National Conductors’ Symposium and conducted the performance of “Because of the Wind” at the Vancouver Playhouse. Ms. Lu has been conducting the Vancouver Chinese Choir for the past ten seasons.
Assistant Conductor: Ms. Veronica Lee
Veronica Lee has been singing with the VCCA since 1993 and also assumes the role of conductor when needed. She graduated at the Hong Kong Baptist University majoring in music education and obtained her Master in Music Education degree at the University of Reading in Great Britain. Ms. Lee was a secondary school music teacher in Hong Kong and directed school, church and children’s choirs before emigrating to Canada. In Vancouver, besides teaching piano and theory, Ms. Lee has conducted and accompanied several church choirs.
VCCA's accompanists are Rita Kwan, B.Mus., Sze Lok Wong, M.Mus., Betty Hon, M. Mus.,and Edward Ko B.Sc, D.C.