When travel restrictions precluded Mr. Kirt Mosier from spending the month of April in Taiwan as the 2019-2020 Joanna Nichols Performing Artist in Residence, the TAS Performing Arts Department reached out to Shou-Ling Wu, proud parent of a TAS alumnus and the former associate conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Graciously accepting the request to serve as this year's Joanna Nichols Performing Artist in Residence, Ms. Wu has seamlessly stepped into life at TAS and is already working with Grade 8 chorus, upper school choirs, and the upper school orchestra on Franz Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G Major.
Ms. Wu served for over two decades as Assistant Conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, collaborating closely for many of those years with Maestro Felix Chen during his tenure as Music Director. During her tenure at the Taipei Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 2018, Ms. Wu appeared frequently with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She has conducted a wide and varied repertoire including the symphonic works of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Haydn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Berlioz, as well as orchestral works of Vivaldi, Liszt, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Sibelius, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Johann Strauss, Smetana, Holst, Barber, Copland, Offenbach and more.
In 1994, Ms. Wu founded the Taipei Symphony Orchestra Chorus, leading that Chorus in numerous operatic and concert appearances in consecutive seasons together with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, including fully staged opera performances of Rigoletto, Aida, La Traviata, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Carmen, Fidelio, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, The Flying Dutchman, The Magic Flute, Orfeo ed Euridice and others. In addition, she has conducted concert performances of the major choral/orchestral repertoire of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Rossini, Vaughan Williams, Fauré, Brahms, Gounod, Handel, Verdi, Stravinsky, Saint-Saëns, Puccini, Bernstein and Carl Orff.