Kemuel Wong was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. He loved music from an early age, pursuing piano studies and sang in the Vancouver Chinese Children’s Choir. Kemuel began to take an interest in conducting during his secondary school years at Vancouver Technical Secondary School. Kemuel’s band and string orchestra teachers mentored him and provided opportunities to conduct at school concerts. Following secondary school, Kemuel went on to study music at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.Mus in General Studies: Secondary Education and a M.Mus in Choral Conducting.
Kemuel has studied conducting with Bruce Dunn, John van Deursen, Wayne Toews, the late professor Morihiro Okabe, Kenneth Hsieh, Bruce Pullan C.M., and Dr. Graeme Langager. He has participate in several conducting workshops and masterclasses in Canada, United States, and Germany led by Kenneth Woods, David Hoose, Christopher Zimmerman, Vance George, Noel Edison, and Christopher Cock.
In September 2015, Kemuel made his conducting debut in his birth city of Hong Kong as a Guest Conductor with the Hong Kong Oratorio Society and Hong Kong Strings, sharing the stage with HKOS Music Director, Professor Chan Wing-wah in a performance of music by J.S. Bach.
Kemuel conducted his first international tour with the VOS in April 2016, performing at 7 churches throughout Taiwan, in the cities of Taipei, Taoyuan, Keelung, Shoufeng, and Tainan.
Kemuel is currently the Conductor of Vancouver Oratorio Society, Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Music Director for the Folsom Singers and Quest University Choir, and Artist-in-Residence at St. Patrick’s Regional Secondary School.
Kemuel gives back to the music community as the Past-President of the 111-year-old Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, where scholarships and bursaries are awarded each year to young and talented BC musicians to advance their music education and careers to national and international stages.
(updated on Aug.14, 2017)