Randall Wong, Administrative Director, has built a distinguished reputation as a vocalist specializing in historically informed performances of Baroque/Classic and contemporary music. He is also active as a composer. His career in opera, concert work, and as a composer has taken him across five continents.
A number of roles have been composed for Mr. Wong. He premiered Stewart Wallace’s Where’s Dick (Houston Grand Opera) and Harvey Milk (HGO, New York City Opera, and San Francisco Opera), and Meredith Monk’s Atlas. With the Monk Ensemble he has participated in numerous domestic and international tours including Atlas, The Politics of Quiet, and A Celebration Service. He has sung in numerous modern revivals of early operas including works by Handel, Mozart, J.A. Hasse, Cavalli, and J.C. Bach, in venues such as Rome, Dresden, Stuttgart, Schwetzingen, Cologne, Boston, Berlin, San Francisco, Sydney, and Hong Kong.
Mr. Wong is the composer/performer/designer of a number of “miniature” operas: The Household Opera, Di Nostra Vita, Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions, and Waiting for Godzilla. These have been presented by the SF Arts Commission, Museum of Jurassic Technology (LA), Z Space Theater (SF and Santa Cruz), Project Artaud (SF), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (SF), Noh Space (SF), and the Chicago Humanities Festival. In 2011, his film score for The Two Fauns (dir. David Finklestein) received a Silver medal at the Park City Film Music Festival in the Performance/ Experimental film category. His most recent large work, Phantom Dances for 4 toy pianos and orchestra, was premiered by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, October, 2016.
He is the recipient of multiple awards and grants including the Zellerbach Family Fund, Fleishhaker Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Phyllis Wattis Fellowship/Yerba Buena Center, California Arts Council, American Composers Forum, New York Dance Critics Award (the “Bessies”), and Theatre Bay Area.
Mr. Wong received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University, and Bachelor and Masters degrees in music from San Francisco State University. In addition, he was a private student of the noted composer, Lou Harrison. He has been on the faculties of UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University and been working in arts administration since 2007.