Teresa Cheung, conductor
Reeths Puffer High School Choir, Regina Schlaff, director
WMS Children's Choir, Beth Slimko, director
Friday December 14 at 7:30 pm
Guest conductor Teresa Cheung returns to lead a cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, in a program of seasonal favorites—from classics to beloved carols—that will warm your heart like chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic!
Currently celebrating her 10th Anniversary Season as Music Director of Pennsylvania’s Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Cheung is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral, operatic and balletic productions throughout the United States and Canada. Recent engagements have found her on the podia of the Amarillo, American, Bakersfield, Mobile, New Amsterdam (NYC), Phoenix, Portland, Stamford and Western Michigan symphony orchestras, Evansville and Fort Wayne philharmonic orchestras, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Brooklyn’s Regina Opera and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Additionally, she often appears as conductor for colleges and universities and with All State/All County orchestra festivals. She has also served as a conducting clinician for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ “Meet the Artist” program.
In addition to a full schedule in Altoona, Teresa Cheung’s current season includes her debut with The Venice Symphony in Florida and returns to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. A highlight of her Altoona season is a Halloween presentation of F.W. Murnau’s remastered 1922 silent movie masterpiece Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror with its original Hans Erdmann score, reconstructed by Berndt Heller. She also leads the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in three concerts in its “Around-the-Town Community Outreach Program.”
Teresa Cheung is widely known for her creative concert programming, collaborative projects and community outreach programs and for being a passionate advocate for music education for all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure in Altoona, Ms. Cheung has created numerous outreach programs that have engaged area children and high school musicians and choristers. The ASO has also performed with university ensembles from Penn State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College, while her vision of extending the Altoona Symphony’s artistry and reputation beyond Central Pennsylvania led to an acclaimed project with Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ Commonwealth Speaker Karl Middleman in “Dvorák’s New World,” a Humanities on the Road program that was broadcast throughout Pennsylvania in December, 2011 (http://humanitiesontheroad.squarespace.com/dvoraks-new-world/).
Teresa Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was also conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Among her many artistic initiatives, she led the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on its first international concert tour to Japan in 2002. Subsequently, she served as Resident Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape.
A native of Hong Kong, Teresa Cheung received her Masters Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She is also the recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors.