LISA WONG has been named the Cleveland Orchestra’s director of choruses, effective immediately. Wong will hold the Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Director of Choruses Endowed Chair. Wong has an extensive history with the Cleveland Orchestra’s choruses, starting as a member of the ensemble during the 2009-10 season. She joined the choral staff as assistant director of choruses at the start of the 2010-11 season, assisting in preparing the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus for performances each year. In 2012, she took on added responsibilities as director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. With the 2017-18 season, Wong was appointed acting director of choruses, leading the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus in such concerts as Haydn’s The Seasons in Cleveland and at New York’s Carnegie Hall; and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé (complete ballet music). As director of choruses, she prepared the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus this week for performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Cleveland. In addition to her duties at Severance Hall, Wong is an associate professor of music at the College of Wooster, where she co-chairs the music department, directs the Wooster Chorus, and teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, and music education. Wong holds a bachelor of science degree in music education from West Chester University, as well as master of music and doctor of music degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.
May 17, 2018