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Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng

President of the Philippine Choral Directors Association

Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng is the President of the Philippine Choral Directors Association, Artistic Director of the Las Piñas International Bamboo Organ Festival, and Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Philippines, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, chorus and music history. She is one of the Artistic Directors of the 2023 World Symposium for Choral Music, an event organised by the International Federation for Choral Music. She is also the Philippine representative to the Asia Pacific Choral Council and the Asia Choral Association. She has been an Adjudicator and the Philippine representative to the World Choir Council for the World Choir Games. For its 2018 Season, she was appointed Conductor of the Asia Pacific Youth Choir.

She is a First Prize Winner at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Graduate Conducting Competition. She also won First Prize for the A1 Piano Category of the Philippines’ National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA). Her conducting and academic awards include the Levi Barbour Fellowship from the University of Michigan, the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Award from the Yale School of Music, the Margot Fassler Award and the Hugh Giles Prize from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

In 2023, she was one of the featured presenters at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, guest conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and masterclass clinician at the International Conductor’s Seminar Wernigerode in Germany. In addition to that, she adjudicated at the International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition (Germany) and the Bali International Choral Festival (Indonesia).

Performance and adjudication engagements have brought her to South Africa, Germany, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Spain, Vietnam, Portugal and Singapore. She also regularly leads workshops in different parts of the Philippines.

Dr. Shangkuan-Cheng received a Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.

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