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.

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., in January 2014, she became the Group Director for North Group in Foster City and working to promote choral music education in the peninsula bay area 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.

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., in January 2014, she became the Group Director for North Group in Foster City and working to promote choral music education in the peninsula bay area 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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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 & Conductor

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

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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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Whitney Huang, Conductor

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Whitney Huang (黃君郡) is the conductor for level 1, 3 and 4 in the Crystal Choir Foster City campus.  

Whitney is an alumna of the Crystal Choir, she sang with Crystal from 6 years old all the way through high school graduation.  In high school, Whitney founded two acapella groups that were involved in local philanthropy, performing at community venues in the Bay Area. She graduated from The Harker School with a Conservatory of Music Certificate in Conducting and recently finished an intensive study at the Choral Conducting Institute at St. Stephen’s College, Oxford University.

Whitney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Case Western Reserve University, however, her love for music has driven her to pursue a career as a choral director.

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Luna Chang, Conductor

Conductor for East Group level I

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Lydia Wang, Conductor

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Lydia Wang (王雅寬)

With love and passion, Ms. Wang has been teaching children piano and singing for more than 16 years in the Bay Area. She has been with Crystal Children Choir for 8 years. She has her Music for minors teacher training certificate, Music for young children, and Orff level I certification. Ms. Wang holds her M.A. in Voice Performance from San Jose State University, and B.A. in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton.

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Ken Rawdon, Conductor

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Ken Rawdon was the vocal music director at Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, California for 28 years, serving from 1989-2017.  

He received his BA and his MA degrees in piano performance at California State University, Fresno.   While working on his master’s degree in 1986, he discovered his love of choral music singing in the Concert Choir at Fresno State.  He describes the experience as “like seeing color for the first time.  

Over the years, under the leadership of Mr. Rawdon, the Mt. Eden High School Vocal Music program expanded from one small choir of about 15 to a program today that encompasses about 140 students in 6 different choirs.   The vocal music program at Mt. Eden High School has consistently been named one of the top ten in the state of California since the early 2000’s.  His choirs have performed numerous times at ACDA Conferences & Conventions and CMEA Conferences.  They have performed several times at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center and have appeared with the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony.

After 28 years of teaching at Mt. Eden High School, Mr. Rawdon remains active as a choral clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the state of California.  He has served on the board of directors for the California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  In 1996 he received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the public schools observance committee in Hayward.  In 1997 the Harvard University Alumni Club of San Francisco named him “Educator of the Year.” In December of 2002 he was named educator of the year by the Hayward Education Association.  He is also a member of “Who’s Who among American Educators.”    In March of 2004 he was selected as “Educator of the Year” by the Hayward Chamber Of Commerce.  In September of 2008 he was awarded the Alameda Arts Commission award for arts educator of the year.   In January of 2012 he was awarded the “Music Educator of the Year” award by the Bay section chapter of the California Music Educators Association.   In October of 2017 he was presented the John Pappas Humanitarian Award by the city of Hayward.

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Irene Yang, Conductor

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Irene Yang (楊欣樺) holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of Music Performance at National Taiwan Normal University. Being a middle school teacher for over 10 years, she has been devoted herself to music activities such as having concerts as a pianist, singer and conductor and participated conductor master classes. Music had led her worldwide including Asia and Europe, now Irene is the conductor for level III and a pianist of level IV.

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Cecilia Lok, Music Teacher

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Cecilia Lok (駱雅儀) has been teaching piano, theory and music class for over 20 years.  Ms. Cecilia holds her M.A. (Piano pedagogy) from the Hong Kong Baptist University, several teaching and performance diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (England).  She was trained to be a Kindermusik Educator, which specializes in teaching music to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

She is the teacher for Early Bird class in Crystal Choir.

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Wu Hao, Conductor

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Hao Wu(吴昊)
Associate Professor in Shenyang Music Conservotary (Vocal Coach)
Chinese Governant Scholarship Owner
St.Petersburg Music Conservotary Visiter (Vocal Coach Vocal performance chamber music)
The Honor art director of China National  Symphony Chorus  
The research supervisor of Shandong Normal University (Piano Performance  and Vocal Coach)
 
Graduate at Shenyang Music Conservotary get the Master Degree
Graduate at  San Francisco Music Conservotary get the PSD(Collaborative Piano) 

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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)

Shu-hua Cheng is a collaborative pianist for Crystal Children’s Choir since 2005 and enjoys helping young musicians develop their musicality. Ms. Cheng has performed with Crystal Choir in music festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan and China. As a chamber musician, she regularly performs and coaches with solo instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, singers, etc.) in recitals, competitions, and music exams.

 Ms. Cheng holds a Master’s Degree in Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she majored in piano performance and also studied harpsichord and organ. 

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Elaine Soo

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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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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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Chesley Mok

Pianist for Concert Group

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Yujing Bai

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Ms. Yujing Bai (白羽婧) received her Master degree in composition form San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She holds a Bachelor degree in music design and production major from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During her Bachelor study, her works contribute to a variety of instrumental, film, electronic, vocal and other collaborative directions.

Since working at Bay area, Yujing has been focusing on composing and teaching right now. She had more than five-year experiences in teaching piano, music theory, and musicianship.

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Claire Chiu

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Ms. Claire Chiu (邱庭孜) born in Taiwan has performed frequently as a professional collaborative pianist in the United States and Taiwan. Claire completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Anne Epperson and Colette Valentine. Dr. Chiu is currently in demand as a collaborative pianist in the bay area for accomplished musicians and festivals. From 2018 she joined the faculty at Stratford School and Crystal Choir.

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