Leadership

Board of Directors

Karl Chang, President

Karl Chang

Dr. Karl Chang (張智真博士) is the co-founder and serves as the president and conductor of Crystal Children’s Choir since 1994. Under his leadership, the choir has received invitations to perform at many National and International choral conventions and was recognized for its outstanding performance of repertoire rich in cultural diversity. Dr. Chang co-conducted the choir at the National and Divisional ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conferences eight times and presented at the ACDA Interest Sessions. In 2014, Dr. Chang was invited as the Conductor of ACDA National Youth Honor Choir and appeared as a Guest Conductor of Carnegie Hall in 2015. Dr. Chang is also active in the choral field across Asia as a clinician and guest conductor for youth and collegiate choirs.

Dr. Chang founded and conducted Ching Ching Chorus, a renowned 160-voice choir since 1981, and he continues to inspire people and help develop their love for singing. With a Doctor Degree of Education Leadership, he also earned an MBA and an M.S. in engineering. However, his passion and dedication for choral music have led him to pursue his lifelong dream of children’s music education.

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Jenny Chiang, Artistic Director

Jenny Chaing

Jenny Chiang (姜靜芬) was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her early music education from Professor Chuan-Sheng Lu, a composer famously known as the “Father of Children’s Choral Music” in Taiwan. Ms. Chiang co-founded Crystal Children’s Choir in 1994 and has served as Artistic Director ever since. In the summer of 2000 and the spring of 2005, she studied choral conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque at San Jose State University.

Some notable awards and performances with Crystal Choir include a Grand Champion award at the 9th International Youth Choral Festival in Portland, Oregon 1998; five ACDA Conferences (Western Division 2002, 2006, 2010, Northwestern Division 2010, and National 2007); three CMEA Conventions (2001, 2002, and 2004); OAKE Conference (2004); a Gold Medal award at the Australian International Music Festival (2004); and MENC (2006). Ms. Chiang also was invited to conduct a workshop at the 2002 CMEA and ACDA Conferences in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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Cecilia Lee, Board Member

Coming soon.

Ben Liao, Board Member

Groups

Jane Li, South Group Director

Jane Li

Mrs. Jane Li (鄭郁英) is the Vice President and Director of South Group. She was previously the Director of North Group (from 2006 until 2010) and has been the Director of South Group since 2000.

She became an administrative teacher in 1997 to coordinate performance props, crystal publications, uniforms, and various other items. Her children began singing with the then-newly established East Group in 1995, and her love for music and education has led her to become increasingly involved in Crystal. Before coming to the US, she was the Operations Manager for the International Trading Corporation in Taiwan.

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Ying Wu, East Group Director

Ying Wu

Ying Wu (包英華) received her BA degree in Taiwan and MS degree in the US and worked as a software analyst in the software industry. Her software career was interrupted when her daughter came to her life. She started volunteering in schools and communities while taking care of her family. She has been involved in Crystal Choir since the establishment of the East Group in Milpitas 1995. Her love of music and the opportunities to learn and grow with other teachers and the talented choristers keep her continue serving the organization.

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Diana Huang, North Group Director

Diana Huang

Diana Huang (林慧文) received both her bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Accounting, Master degree in Business Administration concentrating in Finance Accounting and performed duties as a Finance Controller for various electronic companies in the Silicon Valley since 1987.

Mrs. Huang joined Crystal Choir in 1996. She started as a piano accompanist for Rainbow and Primary levels and then took on responsibilities for Accounting, Finance, and Website. Mrs. Huang also served as Program Director for International Choral Workshop at Stanford University since 2010.

Most recently, she became the Group Director for North Group in January 2014 and working to promote choral music education in the North Bay for Crystal Choir.

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Chi-Wei Hong, Concert Group Administrator

Newly join @ August 2016

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Finance

Diana Huang, Finance Director

Diana Huang

Diana Huang (林慧文) received both her bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Accounting, Master degree in Business Administration concentrating in Finance Accounting and performed duties as a Finance Controller for various electronic companies in the Silicon Valley since 1987.

Mrs. Huang joined Crystal Choir in 1996. She started as a piano accompanist for Rainbow and Primary levels and then took on responsibilities for Accounting, Finance, and Website. Mrs. Huang also served as Program

Director for International Choral Workshop at Stanford University since 2010.

Most recently, she became the Group Director for North Group in January 2014 and working to promote choral music education in the North Bay for Crystal Choir.

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Conductors

Jenny Chiang, Conductor

Jenny Chaing

Jenny Chiang (姜靜芬) was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her early music education from Professor Chuan-Sheng Lu, a composer famously known as the “Father of Children’s Choral Music” in Taiwan. Ms. Chiang co-founded Crystal Children’s Choir in 1994 and has served as Artistic Director ever since. In the summer of 2000 and the spring of 2005, she studied choral conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque at San Jose State University.

Some notable awards and performances with Crystal Choir include a Grand Champion award at the 9th International Youth Choral Festival in Portland, Oregon 1998; five ACDA Conferences (Western Division 2002, 2006, 2010, Northwestern Division 2010, and National 2007); three CMEA Conventions (2001, 2002, and 2004); OAKE Conference (2004); a Gold Medal award at the Australian International Music Festival (2004); and MENC (2006). Ms. Chiang also was invited to conduct a workshop at the 2002 CMEA and ACDA Conferences in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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Karl Chang, Conductor

Karl Chang

Dr. Karl Chang (張智真博士) is the co-founder and serves as the president and conductor of Crystal Children’s Choir since 1994. Under his leadership, the choir has received invitations to perform at many National and International choral conventions and was recognized for its outstanding performance of repertoire rich in cultural diversity. Dr. Chang co-conducted the choir at the National and Divisional ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conferences eight times and presented at the ACDA Interest Sessions. In 2014, Dr. Chang was invited as the Conductor of ACDA National Youth Honor Choir and appeared as a Guest Conductor of Carnegie Hall in 2015. Dr. Chang is also active in the choral field across Asia as a clinician and guest conductor for youth and collegiate choirs.

Dr. Chang founded and conducted Ching Ching Chorus, a renowned 160-voice choir since 1981, and he continues to inspire people and help develop their love for singing. With a Doctor Degree of Education Leadership, he also earned an MBA and an M.S. in engineering. However, his passion and dedication for choral music have led him to pursue his lifelong dream of children’s music education.

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Stella Lin, Conductor

Stella Lin

Stella Lin (林心欣) has been with Crystal Choir since 1998 and has conducted levels from Preparatory to Advanced. Through her conducting, she has led singers to participate at music festivals and received prestigious awards since 2003. Aside from artistic achievements, she also takes charge of Crystal Choir’s annual Audition. Stella holds Music for the Minor certificate since 2005 and teaches Elementary school music programs in the South Bay. She is a music teacher of FCSN and serves as guest conductor for workshops and music camps.

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Chiafen Lin, Conductor

Chiafen Lin

Chiafen Lin (林嘉芬) has dedicated herself directing Preparatory, Primary, Intermediate, Advanced levels and Crystal School at Crystal Choir since year 2000. Her cumulative in-depth experience resulted in sets of curriculum officially recognized and adopted by the choir. Chiafen holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she also did her Doctoral work. As an educator, she has designed and led children’s music programs for public and private schools alike throughout Bay Area.

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Miao Hsieh, Conductor

Miao Hsieh

Miao Shan Hong Hsieh (洪妙珊), a native of Taiwan, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Tung-Hai University in Taichung, Taiwan. She also completed studies at Musik Hochschule in Wien, Austria, and Manes School for Music in New York.

Miao Shan maintains a private piano studio in the Bay Area, where she gives piano as well as singing lessons. She has also been the conductor of the Christ Choir of the Chinese Church for many years. Prior to this, she had shown her talents by conducting the South Bay Chinese Orchestra for five years. Currently, Miao Shan is actively involved in the local musical community to promote general music awareness as well as education in children’s choral music.
She served as Vice President of the CMTANC in 2001. During the course of her career, she has led Crystal Children’s Choir, the group she has had for years, to win multiple prizes. In 2005, the Choir received the highest honor awarded at the San Diego Heritage Music Festival.

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Stephanie Ho, Conductor

Stephanie Ho

Stephanie Ho (何翠芬) is a dedicated, passionate, and experienced music teacher, whose love for music started at very young age. Growing up in a family that encouraged its members to learn and love music, Stephanie showed her talent early on, and eventually got her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Shi-Jian college. She then went abroad to study and got her diploma in vocal from Conservatorio Di Musica in Italy, and finally got her Master of Science degree in Music Teaching from Moorhead State University. Stephanie has been teaching music at all different levels, ranging from elementary school to college, since 1991. Her love of her family, music, students, and community is the driving force for her to grow in the field of music.

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Bor-Jen Lin, Conductor

Bor-Jen Lin-2a

The Taiwanese-American choral conductor, Bor-Jen Lin (林伯真), conductor of the Crystal Children’s Choir since 2009 at Cupertino, California, as well as conductor of Bo-Ai Chorus and Tzu-Chi Chorus in San Jose.  Her 18 years of experience in conducting choruses established her commitment to choral excellence. 

Ms. Lin studied with Dr. Nathan Schwartz at San Francisco Conservatory and received her Bachelor Degree of Music in Piano Performance.  She also studied with Dr. Byron McGilvray and earned her Master Degree in Chorus Conducting from San Francisco State University.

She has frequently invited as a guest conductor, lecturer and judge for competitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and conducted the Crystal Children’s Choir to 2012 ACDA National Children’s and Youth Choir Conductors Retreat at Denver and co-conduct for the Southwest ACDA Convention at Dallas.  She is an active member of the CMTANC and served as the President in 1996 & 1997.

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David Song, Conductor

David Song

David Song received a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from California State University, Hayward.   For over 25 years, he has been involved with numerous choirs such as the Piedmont Children’s Choir, CSUEB Chamber Singers, San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir, San Francisco Choral Society, The New Choir and Volti.

David is currently studying to get a teaching credential to teach music at public schools. His teachers include Robert Geary, Dr. Buddy James and Dr. David Stein. He enjoys sharing his passion for music to the community as both a teacher and performer and has been a private instructor since 2003. He is a member of ACDA and a huge advocate and supporter of the choral arts.

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Fang Hong, Conductor

Hong Fang

Hong, Fang (Grace) (洪芳) 1994 -1998 studied at China Conservatory of Music (Beijing), majored National vocal music, instructed by Prof. Guo Xiang-Yi and Zou Wen-qin, etc. She graduated as a Beijing’s honor student.

After graduating from CCM she was teaching at Fujian College of Arts(Fujian) as a Vocalist Professor of Music. During her college study and teaching career, she was engrossed not only in exploring of vocal music but also in practice on the stage of arts. Fang participated many important performances: such as performed at Spring Festival Gala Evening of Chinese Cultural Department; Performed at Spring Festival Gala Evening of 6 provinces in Eastern China and many other nation-wide important Artistic performances in China. Hong, Fang is the member of THE NATIONAL VOCALITY AND ART INSTITUTION OF CHINA.

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Tammy Lo, Conductor

Tammy Lo

Tammy Lo (羅亭美) has been playing the piano ever since she was 3-years-old. At the age of 7, she joined Crystal Children’s Choir as a chorister. After graduating from high school in 2008, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles as a Music Education Major to continue her passion for music. After graduating, she decided to come back to Crystal Children’s Choir to spread what she earned as a chorister, the love of music.

Tammy currently has a private piano studio in the Bay Area where she gives piano lessons. She also is the piano accompanist for Lynbrook High School Choirs and also the Stocklmeir Chorus.

She currently conducts Preparatory level and piano accompanies Intermediate level.

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Susan Nace, Advisor

Susan Nace

Susan Nace is proud to guest conduct with Crystal Children’s Choir. With her broad teaching, performing, and directing experience, her goal is to inspire joy and freedom of expression in singers. She teaches music at San José’s Harker School and sings with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Recently, she completed studies at the Choral Conducting Institute at St. Stephen’s College, Oxford University working with composer James Whitbourn and Westminster Choir College’s conductor Dr. James Jordan.

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Celia Zhang, Conductor

Celia Zhang (張欣) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology from Beijing Union University, the first Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from China Conservatory of Music and the second Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from San Francisco State University. 

During her time at San Francisco State University, Xin worked as a Director for Women’s Chorus and Chamber Singers of SFSU, and an assistant conductor for University Chorus of SFSU. She served as a choral fellow at Young Women’s Chorus under Dr. Susan McMane for one year. She also teaches voice lessons, piano, and music theory lessons, and general music classes at Artis School of Music.

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Angelina Fitzhugh, Conductor

Angeline

Angelina grew up singing in the Alaska Children’s Choir in Anchorage, Alaska. In addition to her duties with Crystal, she is the choir director at J.L. Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto. She lives in Menlo Park with her two children, Ryan and Katie. 

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Eric Liu, Conductor

Eric Liu (劉杰鑫) is an enthusiastic music student working pursuing a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Choral Conducting and Music Education at San Jose State University. He has conducted numerous choirs in the Bay Area including Monta Vista Variations, Bella Voce Choir, Esperanza Choir, Tzu Chi Choir, Zhi Yin Adult Choir, San Jose State Choirs and many more. He has studied with various conductors including Dr. Charlene Archibeque, Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Dr.Anna Hamre, and Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe. He is a member of ACDA and NAFME and is a huge fan of choral arts. In 2013, he received a Nationals Choir Directors Award, a prestige award for the dedication and musical achievement of a student conductor. He also has been show cased on SF China Press, World News Journal, KTSF, World Journal, and SingTao Daily. He currently has a Music Studio where he teaches many instruments(Violin, Piano, Voice) to others in the Bay Area. He also serves as an accompanist to Monta Vista Variations Choir and San Jose State Choraliers. “I believe music in itself is healing. No matter what culture we are from, everyone knows and enjoys music. I have seen what music can do for people, and it has fueled my passion for my work and inspired me to reach out to everyone with music” ~ Eric Liu

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Accompanists

Anna Lin

Anna Lin

Anna Lin (林咏雪), Concert Choir accompanist, graduated with highest honors from the National Taiwan University of Arts in 1980 majoring in Piano and was the piano concerto competition winner that same year. She also holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Music from SUNY at Stony Brook. After moving to California in 1991, she became an active member of MTAC and CMTANC. From 1999-2003, she was the chairperson for Certificate of Merit in MTAC and the chair of CMTANC Youth Music Competition in 2007 and 2008. Since joining Crystal in 1995 as an accompanist, she has coordinated Concert Choir Music Camp since 2004 and conducted Primary Level chorus in 2003.

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Monica Hu

Monica Hu

Monica Hu (吳蓓文) is a pianist for level IV in South Group.

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Shu-Hua Cheng

Shu-Hua Cheng

Cheng Shu Hua (鄭淑華)

Pianist for Concert Group.

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Elaine Soo

Elaine Sun

Elaine Soo (孫一嵐)

Pianist for level II & III in South & East Groups.

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Shirley Chen

Shirley Chen

Shirley Chen (陳嘉惠)

Pianist for level IV in South Group and level V in Concert Group.

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Alex Chui

Alex Cui

Alex Chui (徐隆昭) was born and raised in the Bay Area and began learning piano at the age of six. He recently obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. Gwendolyn Mok at San Jose State University.

Since graduating, Alex has been teaching piano and music around the Bay Area. He hopes to one day travel the world so he can inspire and encourage students to learn more about music.

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Tiffany Yuan

Tiffany Yuan

Tiffany (袁孝愉) joined Crystal Choir as a chorister when she was 6 years old. She was an active 12-year member who was a counselor for many Crystal summer camps and was an accompanist for the younger singers. Tiffany’s experience in Crystal is very special to her. Crystal Choir not only nurtured her love of music, but also her passion for working with children.

Tiffany has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education Studies from UCLA. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Education at Stanford University and will have her own classroom very soon! Tiffany is extremely excited to be joining the Crystal community again.

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Elizebath Chang

Elizebath Chang

Elizabeth Chang (張瑞瑩) is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with an MM in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music and a BA in Piano Performance from UCLA. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed as an ensemble member with groups such as Pre-Professional YMF Debut Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Wind Ensemble, and UCLA Symphony Orchestra. She was also a past participant of Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, a staff member of NYSMF, and an intern at Music@Menlo. In addition to piano performance and accompanying, she is also an accomplished flutist and a capable organist. She is currently teaching and freelancing in the Bay Area, CA.

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Deborah Fong

Deborah Fong (方雯姍)

Pianist for South Group.

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Sophia Chuang

Sophia Chuang

Sophia Chuang (莊淑棻) received a Master degree of Music in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor degree of Arts from National Taiwan Normal University. She has performed as a soloist and accompanist throughout the performing centers in San Francisco Bay Area, Cleveland, Taiwan, Japan, China and Hong Kong. She was invited to record the CD albums for the works of Taiwanese and Chinese composers. She was the pianist for several opera rehearsals, and was an accompanist for several reputable choirs in Taiwan.

As a piano instructor for the talented young musician program, and a music teacher as well as a conductor of student’s choir at the middle and high schools for many years in Taiwan, Ms. Chuang has devoted in music education by applying the varied musical pedagogies in her teaching and performing experiences.

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Irene Yang

Pianist for level 5

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Yiyi Chen

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Yiyi Chen (陳熠藝) was born in 1990 in Chongqing, China. She began her piano studies at the age of six. Upon graduating in 2012 with a bachelor of piano performance degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Yiyi Chen came to America to pursue a master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Mr. Yoshikazu Nagai. In March 10th, Yiyi Chen got the second prize in Concerto competition of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Yiyi Chen earned 1st Prize in the Dorothy Van Waynen piano competition in Berkeley. Throughout her life she has won many awards and performed around the world.

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Swan Lo

Swan Lo

Pianist Swan Lo (羅頌萱) was graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Music from NTNU(National Taiwan Normal University) and Master’s degree of “Piano Performance and Pedagogy” from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

She was awarded by Taiwan Education Foundation as “Young Musician” in 1995. Also she was a host of classical radio show in Taiwan. Since moving to California in 2001, she has continuously performed with numerous groups in the Bay Area, including Tzu-Chi Charity Choir, Friends of Children with Special Needs, and Crystal Children Choir. She enjoys being a soloist, a chamber musician, as well as teaching music.

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