Alana Chan (MMus)
Alana Chan is an active music educator, adjudicator, pianist and conductor across Canada, USA, Europe, Macau, and Hong Kong. Selected as being the Top Four Emerging Conductors in Canada, she was featured in the â€śRBC Canadian Conductors Showcaseâ€ť where she guest conducted the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Since 2015, she has been the Music Director of the Simon Fraser University Concert Orchestra and was also appointed as the Music Director of A Little Night Music Orchestra in 2018. She has performed with and conducted the London Serenata, Prague Summer Nights Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonia, Hong Kong Elite Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Childrenâ€™s Symphony Orchestra on concert tour in Vienna, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York at the International Respighi Conducting Competition where she was the first female conductor to be awarded Honorable Mention in Carnegie Hall. Summer of 2018, Alana was the Assistant & Cover Conductor for â€śThe Magic Fluteâ€ť by Mozart at the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival. She also conducted a staged opera scenes concert in Tabor, Czech Republic. Alana returned to Prague again in the summer of 2019 for the production of Mozartâ€™s â€śDon Giovanniâ€ť and â€śMarriage of Figaroâ€ť. She guest conducted the musical production â€śOnce Upon a Mattressâ€ť by Rodgers and Barer, presented by the North Shore Light Opera Society.
In her earlier musical career as a pianist, Alana has won numerous awards including First Place in the Canadian Music Competition, First Prize in the Kay Meek Competition, just to name a few and she was placed top ten young talented pianists in the International Pacific Piano Competition; followed by her debut piano concerto performance with legendary Maestro Victor Feldbrill and The Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. She studied with renowned pianist Choi Sown Le in Hong Kong where she achieved a Master of Arts in Music with Distinction and was awarded the Scholastic Award for being the top of the graduating class from the Hong Kong Baptist University. She was featured in the Hong Kong Ming-Pao Daily newspaper for being one of the most successful alumni of HKBU. Her article on â€śPlaying Together as Oneâ€ť was published in The Pianist Magazine. Alana was also interviewed by the Japanese magazine Fraser Monthly in 2019 and was featured on Fairchild TV of Vancouver in 2020 to discuss how music can be healing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alanaâ€™s abundance of music teaching experience involved leading music workshops, school bands and choirs for children. She founded and taught the first ever school choir for children with special needs at the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School of the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong where she was also on faculty at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2012-13, she was invited by the Government of Hong Kong to give a series of â€śSummer Music Workshops â€“ First Music Lessonsâ€ť. Alana is currently on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and is a certified music teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music. The competitions she adjudicated include the Canadian Music Competition (CMC), 20th Asia Piano Open Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, 25th & 26th Annual Edith Lando Gifted Youth Music Competition, Phyllis Salter Annual Piano Competition, Vancouver Academy of Music Junior and Intermediate Symphony Concerto Competitions, and Mastery School of Music Piano Concerto Competition.
She is currently the Vice President of the Canada International Arts and Music Society, the Vancouver International Music Competition; and served on the board for the Vancouver Womenâ€™s Musical Society.
Besides music, she has also made contributions in the field of Chemistry and was awarded the Vice President Research Award from Simon Fraser University.