Stephen Tong, conductor

Stephen Tong - Conductor GCT Australia New Zealand 2019
Stephen Tong is a man of many gifts. Fatherless at the age of 3, he was born with extraordinary sensitivity to all forms of including music, painting, architecture, and sculpture. Since childhood, he quietly observed, meditated, and learnt these arts thoroughly. With endless interests and unceasing struggles, he challenges his limit to master his aspirations. Started at a young age of 16, Stephen has shown his talent in composing music. When Stephen was only 17 years old, he started to conduct works of oratorios and sacred music.

In 1985, Stephen led a 7-city concert rallies for the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel, well attended by 27,000 people. He then founded Jakarta Oratorio Society in 1986, which regularly performs concerts in Jakarta. Occasionally Stephen would lead the choir in their tour to Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

In December 2008, Stephen took Jakarta by storm when 9,000 people attended the 2-performances of Handel’s complete Messiah choruses. Over 200 performers of Jakarta Oratorio Society and orchestra performed under his baton. This marked the largest audience in the history of classical music performance in Indonesia.

Aula Simfonia Jakarta is another exhibit of Stephen’s architectural achievement, with Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra as the newly formed and appointed orchestra-in-residence and Jakarta Oratorio Society as the choir-in-residence, Stephen inaugurated all these in October 2009 with a series of concerts to celebrate. Alongside with Jahja Ling, world-renowned Indonesian born conductor, Stephen conducted the works of Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and Haydn. Entering its 10th season, Aula Simfonia Jakarta has hosted over 200 performances of classical concerts.

Stephen has frequently conduct symphonies of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (all 9 symphonies), Brahms, and Dvorak; concertos for piano, cello, violin; overtures, incidental music, and sacred oratorios such as Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Lobgesang, Mendelssohn Elijah, and Handel Messiah.

Stephen is the Artistic Director of Aula Simfonia Jakarta, Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra, and Jakarta Oratorio Society.

Eunice Tong, conductor

Eunice Tong - Conductor GCT Australia New Zealand 2019
A graduate of Westminster Choir College, New Jersey, Eunice received Master of Music in Conducting in May 2006. There she had the privilege of learning conducting under the guidance of the late Joseph Flummerfelt. In summer 2005, Eunice along with Westminster Choir was invited to perform the US premiere of Die Vögel, an opera by Walter Braunfels in Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina.

As a member of the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir, she sang under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck du Burgos, Neeme Järvi, Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf Choir, Alan Gilbert, Dale Warland, Kathy Saltzman-Romey, and Joseph Flummerfelt. All performances were held in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York Riverside Church, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Kimmel Center which include the works of Beethoven Missa Solemnis and The Ninth Symphony, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Berlioz Sara la baigneuse, Handel Messiah, Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, and Wagner Parsifal.

October 2006 marked Eunice’s conducting debut with Jakarta Oratorio Society in its 20th anniversary. She has been the Chorus Master of Jakarta Oratorio Society for the works of great oratorios such as Bach Magnificat, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 “Hymn of Praise”, Robert Shaw Many Moods of Christmas, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, and Haydn The Creation. In September 2008 and once again in December 2011, Eunice had the privilege to direct 800 voices for Jakarta Gospel Rally Meeting by Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministries International (STEMI) in Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta.

Under her direction, JOS Youth Choir performed Handel Dixit Dominus all by memory. She has led both choirs and orchestra in performances of Mozart Great Mass in C Minor, Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, Gloria Vivaldi, and Bach Mass in B Minor. As the Assistant Conductor of Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra, Eunice has been preparing the ensemble for its regular concert as the orchestra-in-residence of Aula Simfonia Jakarta.

For the past 3 years, Eunice has been the Project Manager for Grand Concert Tour, bringing both Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra and Jakarta Oratorio Society under the direction of Dr. Stephen Tong to 17 cities including Singapore, Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Hong Kong. The tour that aims for education has been very successful, attracting more than 45,000 audience in total.
Since its opening in 2009, Eunice has been assigned to become the Managing Director and the Director of Artistic Planning of Aula Simfonia Jakarta, working alongside with many local musicians and corresponding with international artists.