Yayu received her M.A. in vocal pedagogy from Texas Woman's University and was honored by the University as the outstanding master graduate of the year. She received her B.A. from Queens College of New York and had also studied conducting at Princeton's Westmister Choir College and the Manhattan School of Music. Her many distinguished teachers have included: Joan Wall, John L. Motley, Chung Mou Chu, Ellie Mok and Camilla Williams.
Yayu's performing experiences began 30 years ago with the Queens Borough-wide Chorus and later the All-City Chorus and the All-City Concert Choir under the direction of John L. Motley performing in major civic functions and major concerts in NYC; including singing for former President Carter and other foreign dignitaries. Yayu was the first Asian American to receive the outstanding voice award and highest honored music award from the famous LaGuardia High School of Music & Art in New York City. She was a major soloist with many music groups in NYC actively appearing in concerts and festivals in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and have given many solo recitals. She is a soloist with the Grace Church in Harlem and had also appeared with numerous opera companies across the US.
Yayu was the founder and music director for New York City's Chinese Musical Arts Group-Hai Yun Chorus (1983-1998), the first and only professional special arts choir recognized by the New York Council on the Arts for 20-years. She was also the former conductor of the New Jersey Chinese-American Music Ensemble (1996-1998) and the Little Lark Children Chorus (1996-1998) in New York. In Texas, she has founded and conducted The Good Earth Singers, rated as one the finest choir in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. She has also appeared as soloist in concerts with the Schola Cantorum of Texas in Fort Worth as well as with many other choral groups in the DFW area. She has appeared at the Asian International Festivals and was recently honored by the Fort Worth Naval Base for her contributions to the Arts. In addition to performing Yayu has taught private voice and master classes from her private voice studio in New York City, Fort Worth and at the Keller and Birdville School Districts in Texas. In addition she was the principal of the Fort Worth Chinese School and currently the principal of the Cedar Rapids Chinese school.
Yayu was honored with the title Dame of the Order de Notre Dame De Lis de France of the Bourbon Royal House by the International Nobility Association and the Association of University Presidents for highest distinguished accomplished artist. She was also the recipient of the Tarrant County Asian American Chamber Commerce Outstanding Leadership award. Other prizes and honors received include: professorship and medal of honor from the John Dewey University for outstanding contribution to music ministry in the community; the C.B. Bellamy Music scholarship from Texas Woman's University, music scholarships from New York's Daily News, Benjamin Chancy Music Award from the NYC Board of Education, New York Singing Teachers Association vocal competition winner, Granstaff Vocal competition first prize winner. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association.
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1. Der Holle Rache (Die Zauberflote) by Mozart
2. Tornami a vagheggia (Alcina) by Handel
3. Alleluja (Exsultate, jubilate, Motet K.165) by Mozart
4. O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schichi) by Puccini
5. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La Rondine) by Puccini
6. Depuis le Jour (Louise) by Charpentier
7. Ici-bas by Faure
8. Prison by Faure
9. Ou va la jeune Indoue (Indian Bell Song from Lakme) by Delibes
10. Nacht by Strauss
11. Standchen by Strauss
12. Songs My Mother Taught Me by Dvorak
13. Summertime (Porgy and Bess) by Gershwin
14. In the Silence of Night by Rachmaninov
15. O Never Sing To Me Again by Rachmaninov
16. Vocalise by Rachmaninov
17. How Fair This Spot by Rachmaninov
18. Spring Waters by Rachmaninov