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  • Gloria Wong
    Gloria Wong has enjoyed several varied careers in the arts as a professional pianist, educator, and arts manager.  In teaching VAM’s Career Development course, she is delighted to share career strategies with students and to provide them with tools to be better equipped for their career choice.  Adept at combining right-brain creative vision with left-brain strategic know-how, Gloria is as comfortable with artistic content as business realities, and thrives on creating pathways and the best possible environment in which art, ideas and audiences connect, donors are invested and engaged by their philanthropic priorities, and community connections can be forged. She holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where, with a full-tuition scholarship, she was invited to study with Leon Fleisher and Ann Schein. Under the auspices of the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship as well as a B.C. Cultural Fund Professional Study Grant (now BC Arts Council), she continued her post-graduate work at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. As a recepient of the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, she was mentored by Robert Silverman. Gloria's activities as a professional musician span undergraduate teaching as well as chamber music and solo performances in Canada, the U.S., England, Germany and Switzerland. Led by a curiosity for the world of concert presenting, she went on to join the Vancouver Recital Society, one of the premiere presenters of recitals in North America, and became its Associate Director responsible for overseeing both its artistic and operational management. With a focus on resource development, she has been the Associate Director for Donor Relations and Events at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Among her community involvements, Gloria has been a mentor for the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Mentorship Program, served as Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Alliance for Arts and Culture, a board member of the British Columbia Chamber Orchestra, and has recently joined the board of Music on Main. Currently, Gloria is a consultant in the arts for resource and program development, and international initiatives. She is proud to contribute and work in support of VAM's excellence.

    Gloria Wong

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    Akemi Mercer
    Canadian violinist Akemi Mercer has performed all over the world as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player. Prize-winner in the Canadian Music Competition, Akemi has appeared as soloist with the Toronto, Oakville and Etobicoke Orchestras. She has been a member of the award-winning Gemini and Ebony String Quartets, the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. Since March 2008, Akemi is a permanent member of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, now Associate Principal Second violin, under Paavo Jarvi. Along with her orchestral playing, Akemi is member of the Alighieri Quartet, the Frankfurt String Sextet and is a leading member of Frankfurt Strings, a string orchestra made from members of the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. A regular return visitor to Canada Akemi played most recently as guest concertmaster with the National Ballet Orchestra, gave a performance with her sister Rachel Mercer of Brahms' Double Concerto, and a 9th concert of a Haydn trio cycle with the Mercer-Oh Trio for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society.

    Akemi Mercer

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