Collaborative Keyboardist

Wen Chin Liu

All the way from Malaysia, Wen Chin Liu’s music education began with piano at the age of seven with Junior Music Course of Yamaha music school. She graduated as a piano major from University College Sedaya International (UCSI) in 2008 with a bachelor’s in music (Hons) classical. She also obtained her Trinity College Piano Licentiate in Music Diploma with distinction and Trinity Guildhalls Vocal Performance Certificate with distinction. In 2009, she came to the United States to pursue her master’s in choral conducting at Bowling Green State University, graduating in August 2011.

Wen Chin is an active performer, educator, and musician. She participated as a singer and instrumental player for shows, served the roles of choir director, rehearsal pianist, vocal tutor, and music director in musicals. In 2009, Wen Chin was one of the six back-up singers for Sarah Brightman when she was having her tour concert in Malaysia. Wen Chin has been an active chorister since 2005 with several choirs, winning several international choir competitions, such as the Voyage of Song International Choral Competition 2007 in Pattaya, Thailand; First Asian Choir Games, Jakarta in Indonesia; Oriental Concentus International Choral Festival in China; and the Busan Choral Competition in Korea. Wen Chin sang with Bach Festival Malaysia and has performed Mass in B minor, several Bach cantatas, and St. Matthew Passion in Summer 2019. Most recently, she was one of the singers in Canticum Novum’s recording project on the music of Horatio Parker and performed with Kantorei in seasons 2017-2020 at The University of Iowa. Wen Chin was also one of the two collaborative pianists for the choirs at the university for many performances during those years.

Wen Chin is currently working on her D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy at The University of Iowa with Drs. Timothy Stalter and David Puderbaugh. She now lives in Chicago, serving as the music coordinator at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights, the choir director of Take Note ensemble in Lisle, and the music academy supervisor of Project 88 at Berwyn, Illinois. She is very much excited to be serving as the collaborative pianist with Downers Grove Choral Society this season.

Why do you love to sing?

Melody, harmony, rhythm. It takes me away from normal life and absorbs all my attention. There’s so much joy in making a thing of beauty.

What is your favorite thing about singing with DGCS?

The amount of volunteer time and effort that many members are willing and able to give to ensure the present and future of DGCS.

Why do you love to sing?

Because I feel needed

Music provides a pleasant escape from my busy life.

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