Downtown Chorus

The most vibrant, diverse and dynamic community based chorus in the heart of downtown New York City

Dr. Eugenia Oi Yan Yau, Music Director
Eugenia Oi Yan Yau is a professor of music at Borough of Manhattan Community College, the City University of New York. At BMCC, she teaches private voice and directs all Choral Program Choruses including the College Chorus, Select Chorus and Downtown Chorus which she founded in the Fall of 2006.

Prior to her career in the East coast, Yau was the director of music at Olivet College (Michigan) and also taught at Southwestern College (Kansas). At SC, her experiences in global music and cultures, led to her appointment as director of Global Voices, an ensemble that she conceived and developed in 2002.

Besides her teaching duties, Yau maintains an active schedule of presenting lecture-recitals on Chinese, German and American art songs at institutions including the University of Texas, University of Michigan, National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Baptist University and De La Salle Lipa University in the Philippines. She has also performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Baptist University Orchestra, Borough of Manhattan Community College Downtown Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Texas State University Chorale and Orchestra.

Yau received her Bachelor's Degree in Music at Hong Kong Baptist University, Masters Degree at Texas State University, and completed a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Yau also received numerous professional recognitions including the Fellowship Diploma of Singing from Trinity College of Music in London, and the Licentiate Diploma of Singing from Royal Schools of Music at London.

In addition, she has been serving as Director of Music for Family Ministries at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (FAPC, New York City). At FAPC, she is in charge of all music activities for the Family Ministries programs including the Children's Choir, Youth Choir, and annual Christmas Pageant productions of more than 100 participants. Dr. Yau also served as a music consulant to Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) New York since 2005, and has designed many CPC after school and pre-school music programs.

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