San Francisco Symphony Announces New Chorus Director

By David Salazar

The San Francisco Symphony has announced that Jenny Wong will be the next Chorus Director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

In the new role, she will lead the ensemble in its annual Chorus Concert as well as prepare the group for performances with the Orchestra. She will also recruit, audition, and select new members for the 152-piece chorus.

Her first project in her new position is a series of performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 on Oct. 19-22, 2023. That will be followed up by performances of “Les Noces,” “Messiah,” “Carmina Burana,” and music from “FINAL FANTASY.”

“I am thrilled and honored to be the San Francisco Symphony’s new Chorus Director, and equally excited to be working with Esa-Pekka Salonen,” said Wong in an official press statement issued by the company. “The San Francisco Symphony is renowned for its dynamic artistic programming, its championing of a wide range of music and stellar artists, and its exemplary musicianship. I have witnessed not only the Chorus’s legacy of excellence and versatility, but also their tremendous openness and warmth of community. I look forward to leading the Symphony Chorus in raising our voices together in exceptional, harmonious, and meaningful ways.”
She previously led the group in the May 2022 performance of “Carmina Burana” and worked with Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen on three programs throughout 2022-23, including “Adriana Mater” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
In addition to her work with the San Francisco Orchestra, Wong has worked alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, The Industry, Long Beach Opera, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Phoenix Chorale, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, among others.
She becomes the fourth Director of the Chorus in the company’s 50-year history. Previous directors include Louis Magor, Vance George, and Ragnar Bohlin. Margaret Hillis also served as Interim Chorus Director during the 1982-83 season.