Gloria Wong has enjoyed several varied careers in the arts as a professional pianist, educator, and arts management leader in programming and resource development. Adept at combining right-brain creative vision with left-brain strategic know-how, she 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.
In leading Career Development at the Vancouver Academy of Music she is delighted to bring her experiences that include roles as a jury member for the JUNO Awards to leading the artistic and operational management of one of North America’s premiere concert presenting organizations. Sharing career strategies with students and providing them with tools to be better equipped for their career choice is one of the most rewarding aspects of her professional life.
Gloria Wong holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where, with a full 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 recipient of the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, she was mentored by Robert Silverman and Douglas Finch. Gloria Wong’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, where she led both its artistic and operational management. With a focus on resource development, she has also been the Associate Director for Donor Relations and Events at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Among her community involvements, Gloria Wong is on the board of Music on Main, a committee member for the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Grants Assessment Review, a Career Development workshop and seminar leader for the School of Music (University of British Columbia), and has served as Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Alliance for Arts and Culture, a board member of the British Columbia Chamber Orchestra, and a mentor for the University of British Columbia’s Mentorship Program. She is proud to contribute to the areas of international initiatives alongside resource and program development for the arts to serve ever-changing, always evolving communities.