Title: Recitalist, Singer, Artist, Music Educator, Administrator
Location: White Plains, New York, United States
Jenny Wei Liang Kao-Chase, Singer, Recitalist, Artist, Music Educator and Administrator has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in vocal performance.
Ms. Kao-Chase grew up in a household that encouraged the arts – her father was an amateur Chinese opera singer as well as an army colonel. She began singing as a child because she loved to do it, and over the years her talent and ability developed. Through this art, Ms. Kao-Chase realized the passion and inspiration of the human spirit and the beauty of the world expressed through the songs. During performances, she received warm feelings and love between her audience and herself. In this line of work, she felt she was an instrument for God to deliver His beautiful message. In 1981, Ms. Kao-Chase debuted at the esteemed Carnegie Hall to a sold-out audience. In her career as a singer and recitalist, she has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as at many universities, churches, musical organizations conferences and community organizations such as the Women’s Club, College Club, Lion’s Club, the Travel Club and various Chinese-American Associations. Ms. Kao- Chase has had the privilege to sing in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Arizona, Vermont and on international stages in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Salzburg, Vienna, France, Canada and Taiwan. She served as a professional singer from 1973 to 2006 and is known as Jenny Wei Liang Kao in the musical community. In addition to being a musician, Ms. Kao-Chase has explored other avenues of artwork, such as Chinese landscape art.
Ms. Kao-Chase’s musical pursuits have also been reflected in other areas of her life. She graduated from National Taiwan Academy of Arts, then passed a National Talent Examination that allowed her to study abroad. In order to study in a Christian women’s school, she came to the United States to attend Judson College in 1964, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1966. She continued her education at the University of Mississippi, where she earned a Master of Music, cum laude in 1968. She concluded her studies under the tutelage of Dolf Swing of The Juilliard School from 1969 until 1972 and MaryGale Dowson from 1975 until 1990 in New York City. Following these accomplishments, Ms. Kao-Chase took courses at the University of Bridgeport and was certified as an education administrator in 1986.
Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Ms. Kao-Chase has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her immediate professional circles. She notably contributed as a church soprano soloist at the Church in the Highlands in White Plains between 1978 and 1992 as well as at Mt. Vernon Community Church from 1973 to 1978. A lauded singer in her own right who has provided her vocal talents to more than 100 weddings and funerals over 30 years, she has additionally performed as a soprano soloist at Lincoln Center from 1983 to 1985 and a soprano recitalist at Carnegie Hall in 1981. Ms. Kao-Chase found success with her recorded works as well, having been featured as a soprano vocalist on such albums as “Memory” in 1997 and “Phoenix Rising” in 2004.
At the peak of her career in 1989, she was struck down with dystonia, a neural disorder in her mouth which made her unable to sing and speak for eight years. With special medication, she regained her ability to sing and gave her first beneficial recital in 1998 to a full house. After this experience, Ms. Kao-Chase decided to donate the proceeds from all her performances until her retirement in 2006. Since her retirement, Ms. Kao- Chase still plays the Gu Cheng (Chinese harp) for church services.
In addition to singing, Ms. Kao-Chase has explored other avenues of artwork- Chinese watercolor. She studied Chinese landscape painting with master Hu, Nien Tsu for seven years before coming to the states. She conducted one woman showcases for the Mobile Art Gallery, Merchants National Bank, the National League of American Pen Women, the University of Mississippi Museum between 1966 to 1984 and the Bronxville Public Library 1988.
In addition to her extensive career as a vocal performer, Ms. Kao-Chase has worked as a music educator from 1968-1999. She began her career with the Patchogue Board of Education 1968 and Yonkers Board of Education, a post she had held from 1969 to 1999. She also worked as a voice teacher at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, New York, from 1982 to 2002.
Besides singing, painting and teaching, Ms. Kao-Chase developed a passion to preserve the Chinese culture and heritage. She found the Chinese School of Southern Westchester (CSSW) in 1981. The school is in session on the weekends, and students are required to learn the Chinese language, as well as take culture classes such as arts and crafts, dance, martial arts, music, painting, and calligraphy as well as performances. Ms. Kao-Chase acted as principal of the school for 20 years, board member and president for 25 years until she was made lifetime honorary principal and president of the board in 1999.
In addition to her primary vocation, Ms. Kao-Chase remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. From 1997 to 1999, she maintained her involvement with the Westchester Association of Chinese Americans in the role of president and Organization of Chinese Americans. She was also associated with the Yonkers and New York Federation of Teachers, the Westchester Musicians Guild and the Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. In 2000, Ms. Kao-Chase became one of the founders of the Westchester Evergreen Club.
In light of her exceptional undertakings, Ms. Kao-Chase has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. Celebrated as an Outstanding Alumna of the National Taiwan University of Arts in 2000, she was recognized by the Chinese American Arts Council with the Art Achievement Award in 1999. Accepting a Lifetime Certificate of Honor from Delta Omicron in 1982, she was subsequently presented with the Dynamic Achiever Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans in 1989 and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Westchester Association of Chinese Americans in 1996. Proud to have performed in front of a sold-out audience in her aforementioned Carnegie Hall debut, Ms. Kao-Chase was selected for inclusion in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the World and multiple volumes of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.
Having presented her talents to musical organizations, universities, conferences, churches and community societies across the globe, Ms. Kao- Chase cites her establishment of preforming and teaching as the highlight of her storied career, as the school’s unique learning process and cultural significance has received attention from artists and media outlets worldwide. Further motivated by her many colleagues and friends such as Annelle Jerome who became her godmother. Cecelia Shen and MaryGale Dowson are her mentors for her singing profession. Julia Tu and Haun Shou Meng are her educational mentors. Nien Tsu Hu is her art mentor. The most supportive person is her husband, Dr. Robert A. Chase, an organist/choir master, retired music professor, author and her accompanist and her beloved son Rob W. Chase, a rehabilitation therapist. Ms. Kao-Chase hopes to continue thriving in her present position while fostering the talents of her students and cementing her legacy as a magnificent musician and an esteemed educator in the years to come.
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