Emily Yeh Chow)
The Austin Chinese Choir is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious,
amateur mixed-voice choir. It aims to use music to facilitate cultural
exchanges between the East and the West.
The Austin Chinese Choir was formed in 1991 by a group of music lovers,
who were parents from Taiwan at the Austin Chinese School. It was named
the Long-Yin Choir. Although Long-Yin was suspended in 1993, a number of
female vocalists continued to form the Xi-Yuan Choir. Since then,
Xi-Yuan has been under the directions of conductors Chiafen Weng, Lynn
Su, Emily Yeh Chow, and Susan Liu. In 1998, conductor Chung-Hwa Chen
formed a Chinese mixed-voice choir in Austin, which was formally
registered in the state of Texas under its English name “Austin Chinese
Choir” in 2001. In 2005, the choir changed its Chinese name from
Xi-Yuan back to Austin Long-Yin Choir.
Apart from holding our own concerts in Austin, Long-Yin has also participated in joint-concerts with other choral groups as well as invited performances. We also actively take part in many community events. In 2011, Long-Yin was invited to perform in Taipei, Taiwan, where our performances were well-received. Long-Yin was invited in 2013 to participate with members from other prestigious choirs in the “Yellow River Cantata Concert” performance at the Carnegie Hall in New York, 2015.
After the former Xi-Yuan conductor Emily Yeh Chow took over as the
conductor of Long-Yin in 2014, Long-Yin’s singing proficiency continued
to improve. We were honored that we continued to be invited to perform
at the Houston Voice of Harmony Concert multiple times.
In 2017, Long-Yin was invited by the National Cheng Kung University
(NCKU) Alumni Cultural and Educational Foundation and Taichung
Medici Youth Choir to hold performances in Taiwan. Led by Emily Yeh
Chow, Long-Yin joined forces with the NCKU Alumni Choir, NCKU Evergreen
Choir, and Taichung Medici Youth Choir to arrange the “Sound of Music,
Love of Homeland, Formosa” concert tour in Southern Taiwan. In addition,
Long-Yin co-hosted with the Tainan University of Technology to hold
joint performances with its Music Department Choir. The concert tour
aimed to promote friendship between Austin and various Taiwanese cities
through cultural exchanges. Our performances received accolades from
both Taiwanese media and audiences.
Moreover, Long-Yin was invited by the Voice of Love Music Foundation Los
Angeles to attend “The 3rd Joint Concert of Voice of Love at Los Angeles
Bonita Center for the Arts” in 2019. Our performance was widely
acclaimed by the audiences in Southern California. For the 2019 annual
concert, Long-Yin cooperated with the Chinese- and
Taiwanese-speaking church choirs for the first time. Conducted by Emily
Yeh Chow, we held a Joint Christmas Concert, where we performed a series
of Christmas carols and selections from Handel’s “Messiah”. Our
performances received great praise, encouragement, and affirmation from
all walks of life.
Due to the pandemic, Long-Yin could only practice online for an extended
period of time since 2020. To express our gratitude to all supporters of
the choir, we have launched several “Virtual Choir” since summer 2020,
against all odds. On Mother’s Day in 2022, we doubled our efforts to
accomplish a recorded performance on our Youtube channel to wish
everyone safe and healthy during the global pandemic. Later in early
2023, Long-Yin was invited to perform in the Lunar New Year Concert held
by the Austin Community College. The wonderful performances by our choir
members received passionate applause from the audiences.
Currently we have over 40 members and practice every Friday evening in the regular venue, forming a loving and caring extended family. Our atmosphere is warm and humorous as we share the joy of vocal harmony and the friendship with fellow music lovers. In recent years, we also recruited quite a few second-generation members. Being a multigenerational choir, we consider it as an encouraging sign of progress in our efforts to preserve and promote our inherited culture. Under the guidance of conductor Emily Yeh Chow, Austin Chinese Choir will uphold our love of choral music and continue to promote the art of vocal harmony and cultural heritage. Please join us on our fantastic musical journey!