Jenny W. L. Kao Chase

Jenny W. L. Kao Chase

Title: Principal, Honorary President, Singer
Company: Chinese School of Southern Westchester
Location: White Plains, New York, United States

Jenny Chase, Singer, Honorary President, and Principal at the Chinese School of Southern Westchester has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in vocal performance, education, and school administration.

Ms. Chase studied at Judson College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1966, and continued her education at the University of Mississippi, where she earned both a Master of Music and a Master of Science, cum laude, in 1968. She studied with Dolf Swing at The Juilliard School from 1969 to 1972 and began her career as a professional singer. Ms. Chase worked as a church soprano soloist for Mount Vernon Community Church until 1978, and for the Church in the Highlands, from 1978 until 1989. In 1981, she made her Carnegie Hall debut, which sold out. Over the course of her singing career, she performed as a recitalist and soloist in Lincoln Center, as well as many colleges, universities, churches, and international musical organizations and conferences. She performed in more than 10 states, and additionally performed abroad in France, Prague, Canada, and Taiwan, among other countries. From 1989 to 1997, Ms. Chase was unable to sing or speak due to a condition called dystonia, which caused her to lose the function of the nerve that controls the muscles in the mouth. Thanks to a special medication, she was able to partially recover her singing, and performed her first return recital in 1998, to a full house.

In addition to her extensive career as a vocal performer, Ms. Chase has worked as an educator for nearly 50 years. From 1969 to 1999, she worked as a music teacher for the Yonkers Board of Education and founded the Chinese School of Southern Westchester (CSSW) in 1981. Her aim was to preserve Chinese culture and heritage—the school is in session on the weekends, and students have to learn the Chinese language, as well as take culture classes such as arts and crafts, dance, music, painting, and calligraphy. Ms. Chase acted as principal of the school for 20 years and was made a lifetime honorary principal and president of the board. She is a member of Delta Omicron, a music honors fraternity, as well as the Westchester Musicians Guild, and the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. As a testament to her success and experience as both a singer and educator, Ms. Chase has been included in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the World, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in America.

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