Lisa Wong was appointed Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra in May 2018, after serving as Acting Director throughout the 2017-18 season. She joined the choral staff of The Cleveland Orchestra 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.
In addition to her duties at Severance Hall, she is a faculty member at the College of Wooster, where she conducts the Wooster Chorus and the Wooster Singers and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Previous academic posts include positions in public and private schools in New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Prior to her appointment at the College of Wooster, Ms. Wong served as an associate instructor in the choral department of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition, she directed the Chamber Choir of the Indiana University Children’s Choir, where her duties included preparing the choir for performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and several IU Opera Theater productions. She also led the group in performance at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference.
Active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, she serves as a music panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent accolades have included work at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, as a part of Tunaweza Kimuziki, and as a conductor for “Conducting 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century” in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. 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.
Updated: May 2018