Stephanie Chan 陳鳴鶯 (Music Director)

Stephanie is the founding Music Director of the Voices of the Valley. She is a dedicated music teacher and a seasoned choral director. Under her baton, the chorus won generous patronage and accolades in the Bay Area and attracted many talented musicians to join its roster.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Music Degree, summa cum laude, from San Francisco State University. She studied voice with sopranos Nancy Zi, Jeanette Hill, and Kathryn Harvey, and conducting with Dr. Byron McGilvray.

During Stephanie's tenure as Music Director (1983-1993), the choir of St. Paul's Co-educational College was chosen as the Best School Choir in Hong Kong for ten consecutive years. It also won the Gold Award in the Third International Music Festival held in Australia. Stephanie also served as Music Director of the Learners Chorus (1993-96), where their many concerts premiered contemporary compositions for Hong Kong composers, and was invited as a performing artist for the 1996 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Prior to her return to the Bay Area in 1996, Stephanie was a Lecturer in Voice at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Head of General Musicianship at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.

Stephanie has been in great demand as a speaker on choral conducting and as guest conductor for choruses including the Hong Kong Children's Choir, the Hong Kong Music Institute, the Northcote College of Education, the Hong Kong International Institute of Music, and the Chinese YMCA Mission Choir. She served as an adjudicator for the 47th and 48th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Here in the Bay Area, Stephanie has worked closely with Builder of Christian Artists, and was one of the clinicians for CM2004 and CM2008. Stephanie premiered the Dream of the Red Chamber in Hong Kong with VoV where she was also invited to conduct the 30th Anniversary Concert of the SPCC Alumni Choir in November 2010.

As a singer, Stephanie has given solo recitals and has performed in opera productions both in California and in S.E. Asia. She is particularly noted for her interpretation of Mozartian roles and German Lieder. She has a wide repertoire in the oratorios and sacred cantatas and is also a great favorite with operettas and musicals. An experienced music teacher in voice and piano, Stephanie is now teaching in Milpitas.