Shinwen Chung, 林馨文女士, Artistic Director and Conductor

Ms. Chung has a distinguished career in music as a conductor, educator, and soprano. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Tunghai University, Taiwan, and her Masters in Music from Oklahoma City University. Ms. Chung has participated in many leading roles in numerous operas in Oklahoma City. She conducted the Tunghai University Folk Choir, leading the choir to perform in many prestigious concert halls including National Hall, Taichung Recital Hall and Radio Center, and winning several national awards in Taiwan.

As the artistic director and conductor of Hwa-Yin Youth Chorale since 2002, Ms. Chung has led the choir in music festivals nationally and internationally, including in Vienna, Austria, Disney World, Florida, and Busch Gardens, Virginia, and collaborated with Yue Yue Ensemble on several occasions at Lincoln Center and Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center. In 2013, Ms. Chung partnered with Shi-Dong Elementary School and the American-Asian Fine Arts Association for a joint concert with Hwa-Yin Youth Chorale at Soochow University Concert Hall, Taiwan.

She also founded the Northern New Jersey’s Women's Choir in 2004, where she currently serves as music director. They have performed at the United States’ Government Veteran Affairs Hospital in Lyons, NJ, for Asian Heritage Month as well as performed regularly at local nursing homes.

Additionally, Ms. Chung is the President of the American-Asian Fine Arts Association and a member of the Board of Directors for The National League of Performing Arts, Inc.

Ms. Chung maintains an active private piano and voice studio in Northern New Jersey, where she serves as music clinician and adjudicator. She is the recipient of the Genia Robinor Pedagogy Award of Teaching Excellence and the Laura Conover Pedagogy Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Cecilian Music Club. Her piano students have won prizes in state competitions and performed at acclaimed venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall. Her voice students have auditioned successfully for the American Choral Directors Association’s All-National Honor Choir, All-Eastern Honor Choir, and New Jersey Junior High and Elementary Honor Choir as well as New Jersey Music Educators Association’s New Jersey Regional, All-State, and All-Eastern Honor Choir.


Christine Pan, 潘曉彤小姐, Piano Accompanist of the Senior Choir

Christine Pan is currently a senior at Newark Academy. Under the teaching of Shinwen Chung, she has been playing piano for over 12 years. Christine has passed Level 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and has received ABRSM diploma for mastery in piano performance. Christine has been a consecutive winner of the American Allegro Fine Arts and has performed at Carnegie Hall eight times. She attended the New Jersey Music Teachers for three years, earning Honor and High Honor awards. She and her duet partner Sydney Thai, are two-time silver winners of the 2013 and 2015 National League of Performing Arts, gold winners of the IMPACT competition, and the 2017 MEA first place winners of duet. As an avid singer, Christine was accepted into the ACDA All Eastern Honor Choir in 2012, 2014, and 2018; in 2015 and 2017, she was accepted into the ACDA All National Honor Choir. At Newark Academy, she is a section leader and also accompanies on the piano. Outside of Hwa-Yin, Christine loves photography and drawing.


Sydney Thai, 蔡心怡小姐, Piano Accompanist of the Senior Choir

Sydney Thai is currently a senior at Livingston High School.  Formerly under the guidance of Ms. Yvonne Huang, she is now playing piano under Ms. Shinwen Chung’s guidance and has placed in the top three several times at the Music Educators’ Association competition.  She has also passed levels seven and eight of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) practical piano exams, and has been awarded a diploma in piano music performance from the ABRSM.  In addition, she has received ten years of honors and high honors at the New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association auditions.  She has won in the Cecilian Music Club of Freehold for five consecutive years.  Sydney has also attended the New Jersey Federation of Music Clubs; she has competed in the American Allegro Fine Arts Association, performing at Carnegie Hall for five consecutive years.  In addition, she and her duet partner Christine Pan have competed in the National league of Performing Arts, earning silver awards.  Sydney has successfully become a member of the American Choral Directors’ Association’s All-State, Eastern Division, and National Choirs.  Outside of Hwa-Yin, Sydney volunteers at her local hospital.

 

Jerry Hao, 郝一先生, Piano Accompanist of the Junior Choir

Jerry Hao has been studying piano under Ms. Shinwen Chung for over 10 years; he is currently a 11th grader in Academy for Math, Science, and Engineering of Morris County.  Jerry is a five times high honor winner of the American Asian 1Fine Arts Association (AAFAA) and performed at Carnegie Hall four times. He won First Gold Cup in New Jersey Federation of Music Club (NJFMC) when he was 8 years old, and he was winner of Young Virtuoso Award in IMPACT Young Artist competitions.  In addition, Jerry passed grade eight of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) piano exam in high score.  Besides playing piano, Jerry also plays the Alto Saxophone for his high school band. Moreover, Jerry is the captain of his varsity epee fencing team and also enjoys playing basketball.

 

Karen Shih, 石康宜小姐, Piano Accompanist of the Junior Choir

Karen Shih is a 10th grader at Parsippany High School. She has been studying piano for 9 years under Mrs. Shinwen Lin and has passed grade 8 of ABRSM exams. She is a seven-time winner of the American Allegro Fine Arts Association and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Karen has also placed in the top three multiple times for the MEA duet competition. She has gone through 7 years of MEA Auditions with Outstanding’s, and has earned three years of IMPACT medals. In addition to piano, Karen also has been accepted into the ACDA All-Eastern, State, Regional and Area Honor Choirs. Outside of Hwa-Yin, Karen likes to read and dance.

 

 Gene Lu,  盧靖元先生, Piano Accompanist of the Junior Choir

Gene Lu is currently a high school sophomore at Livingston High School with over 10 years of classical piano experience and performances as taught by Ms. Audrey Teng. He has participated in piano competitions in the past with multiple achievements and has passed the ABRSM grade 5 music theory test. He joined Hwayin in January, 2016 and has been an active member since. He also participated in the ACDA National Honor Choir in 2016. Outside of piano, Gene plays clarinet and saxophone as alternate instruments in school. He also likes to debate and play chess on his school teams.