Director of Choruses
Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Endowed Chair
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, helping to prepare 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, she is a faculty member at the College of Wooster, where she co-chairs the Music Department, conducts the Wooster Chorus, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Choirs under her direction have performed at the Central Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association, and several times for the state conference of the Ohio Music Education Association. An advocate for the music of under-represented composers, Ms. Wong serves as the Repertoire and Resource Chair for World Music and Cultures for the Ohio Choral Directors Association, as well as on the editorial board regarding culturally responsive pedagogy for the Ohio Music Education Association. Her previous academic posts include positions in public and private schools in New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.
Active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator, she serves as a music panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent international 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.
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