指揮 / 莊璧華
臺中巿人，畢業於臺中巿私立曉明女中音樂班，及國立藝術學院音樂系(現為國立臺北藝術大學)。主修鋼琴、副修小提琴。 2000年赴美留學。 2002年自波士頓音樂院取得合唱指揮碩士後，同年即獲馬里蘭大學博士班錄取，成為該年合唱指揮研究所唯一錄取之學生，並獲得全額助教獎學金，深受指導教授Dr. Edward Maclary (曾擔任美國著名指揮 Robert Shaw之助理指揮)之激賞，並在眾人面前稱許“她是我所見過，唯一一位能在三十分鐘內改變合唱團音色的指揮”。於馬里蘭大學就讀期間，所擔任的職務包括馬里蘭大學女聲團 (Women’s Chorus)音樂總監暨指揮，並獲聘於音樂系大學部開設指揮課程。
現為台中教育大學音樂系兼任助理教授，台中藝術家合唱團藝術總監，以及臺中萱韻合唱團、韶音合唱團、串聲合唱團及靜宸合唱團指揮，並指導臺中一中、臺中女中，及中山醫學大學合唱團，多次獲得臺灣省合唱比賽中區初賽與決賽特優及優等第一名。2009年率領台中藝術家女聲合唱團參與國父紀念館所舉辦之「金嗓獎」全國合唱比賽獲優等獎，為中南部合唱團體中，當次比賽唯一獲獎之隊伍。2014年7月率領台中藝術家室內合唱團前往拉脫維亞參與第八屆世界合唱大賽，獲 「20世紀現代音樂組」 金牌獎。
Dr. Pi-Hua Chuang, DMA in choral conducting, University of Maryland
Born in Taichung, Dr. Pi-Hua Chuang received professional music education from Stella Matutina Girls’ High School and Taipei National University of the Arts majoring in piano and minoring in violin. She then pursued graduate studies in USA in 2000 and acquired her master’s degree in choral conducting from Boston Conservatory in 2002. In the same year, she was offered a full teaching assistantship from University of Maryland and became the only doctoral applicant accepted by the school’s Choral Conducting Program. Her advisor, Dr. Edward Maclary, once the assistant conductor to Robert Shaw, applauded her in public as “the one and only conductor capable of making significant change of choral voice in thirty minutes.” During graduate years, she was the music director and conductor of the Women’s Chorus, and lectured on undergraduate conducting classes in the School of Music. After earning DMA in 2005, Dr. Chuang returned to Taiwan and embarked on a music career by teaching in plenty of outstanding music schools, including the Department of Music of National Pingtung University, National Kaohsiung Normal University, and the Institute of Music of Tainan Theological College and Seminary. She was also an adjunct assistant professor at the General Education Center of Dayeh University and the acting deputy conductor of Taiwan National Choir.
Dr. Chuang is an expert in conducting choral-orchestral works and has demonstrated outstanding achievements in choreography and theater production. Under her design, choir performance is always distinctive, diverse, and dynamic.
Currently Dr. Chuang works as an adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Music at National Taichung University of Education. She is also the artistic director of Taichung Artist Choir and the conducting director of Syuan-Yun Choir, Shao-Yin Choir, Jing-Chen Choir, Contextus Men's Choir, Chung Shan Medical University Choir, National Taichung First Senior High School Choir, and Taichung Municipal Taichung Girls’ Senior High School Choir. Many choirs that she conducts have won first prize in preliminaries and finals of the National Student Competition of Music. With her leadership, the Taichung Artist Female Choir won the Excellence Award in the National Choral Competition in 2009 and was the only winning team not from northern Taiwan. In July 2014, the Taichung Artist Chamber Choir even won a gold medal in the category of contemporary music in the 8th World Choir Games in Latvia.
Dr. Chuang now serves as a member of the appraisal committee of National Taichung Theater, an invited lecturer at teachers’ seminars in multiple cities and counties in Taiwan, as well as a judge of municipal and national choir contests.