30. Hui-Ju Chen 陳慧如, Soprano/2014/10

Hui-Ju Chen 陳慧如, Soprano

Soprano Dr. Hui-Ju Chen 陳慧如 is a native of Taiwan. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the Fu Jen Catholic University and the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Doctor of Musical Art degree in Voice Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park in December 2008 with a thesis entitled, “East meets West: The Effect of the Compositional Style of Western Vocal Music on Contemporary Taiwanese Composers.”, under the guidance of Professor Carmen Balthrop.

Dr. Chen has won various competitions, including the first place winner of Taipei Music Competition, the first place winner of Fu Jen Catholic University Concerto Competition, and the Honorable Mention Awards from the Chinese International Vocal Competition in 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Chen has been vigorously involved in many different venues of performances, such as Confucius the Teacher (2001, 2010), Taiwan’s story (2001), Little Mermaid (2005), Taiwanese Musical Eternal Hope (2006, 2010) and Bygone years (2007). Her operatic roles include Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Susanna in Mozart’s La nozze di Figaro, Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Lucy in Menotti’s Telephone and Parrot in The Scarecrow And The Thief, performed in Taiwan and Japan. Aside from her operatic performances, Ms. Chen is also an active concert singer and recitalist. Since 2003, she is regularly invited to perform in the annual concert “Music from Taiwan” and “Double Ten Celebration Concert” in 2005. In 2006, she was heard as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, with The Maryland Chorus in the Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Career highlights have included a 2007 performance of Taiwanese songs in the March for Taiwan event which held in the Capitol Hill for audiences that included United States Senators. In October of the same year, she performed the role of Li-Niget Liu in the first-ever Hakka modern opera My Daughter’s Wedding that debuted at the Taiwan National Theater. In 2008, she returned to Taiwan to sing a solo soprano with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in the Hakka Liu-Tui Night Concert at the Taiwan National Concert Hall.

Recent important performances include a concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York, in October, 2011, and a musical performance entitled “The story of Dr. Sun Yat-sen” at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in November, 2011. Additionally, she is the conductor of Greater Washington Taiwanese-American Chorus, Ya Yin Chorus, Hakka Tung-Fa Chorus in Washington D.C. and the Soprano soloist at St. Luke’s Parish.

陳慧如, 2008年取得馬里蘭大學聲樂演唱博士學位,論文主題 “East meets West: The Effect of the Compositional Style of Western Vocal Music on Contemporary Taiwanese Composers”。

她曾受邀參加許多歌劇及戲劇之演出,擔任女高音獨唱,贏得許多好評。2007年,受邀至美國國會山莊,獲得『March for Taiwan』活動演唱的殊榮,在眾多美國參、眾議員面前,為台灣發聲;同年十月,受邀回台參與行政院客家委員會首部製作的現代客家歌舞劇『福春嫁女』, 於國家戲劇院的演出, 飾演麗月一角,頗受好評。於2008年,受邀參與「長榮交響樂團」的『傳唱六堆-客家交響之夜』音樂會,擔任女高音獨唱,於國家音樂廳演出。

目前活躍於美國首府華盛頓特區,馬里蘭與紐約地區的音樂活動,應邀舉辦多場個人獨唱會和參與許多音樂會的演出,曾擔任「浮生樂坊」音樂戲劇 「望春風」及「望鄉」之女主角,演藝傑出;現為大華府桐花合唱團與雅音合唱團的指揮,並在St. Luke’s Parish Church擔任女高音獨唱。


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