Esther Chung was born in S. Korea and started to sing before she can speak. She began to play the piano at age 5, and knew at a very early age that music was something she wanted to pursue as a career.
Esther’s talent as a pianist was clear when she won a bronze medal from Moon Sung Piano competition in Seoul Korea when she was 10 years old. She began her singing public debut in her university years by singing in an accapella group in Sydney Australia. Esther also has a passion for music arranging and composing as well. She won a silver medal in a songwriting competition by CBS Korea.
Esther is well known as an Oratorio performer. She performed numerous times as Handel’s Messiah Soprano soloist, with the Langley Oratorio Society, with Trinity Western University Orchestra, and also with local churches in the lower mainland. She also performed Vivaldi’s Gloria with the TWU orchestra with the Chamber Choir and also performed with the UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Chorus.
As an active performer in her Korean community in Vancouver, Esther performed with a famous Korean composer Grace Lee at the Chan Centre in the fall of 2015. She also performed with a Christian female vocal quintet named “Solien” for a few years. Esther is a compassionate Christian musician who organized many benefit concerts. Helping out needy children through benefit concerts is one of her focuses in her music career.
Esther has been a great admirer of conducting. She started as a student conductor with TWU Chamber Choir. Wes Janzen was her mentor. She conducted Grace Korean Baptist Church Choir and now she conducts Grace Community Church Grace Choir with almost 100 members as a assistant conductor.
Esther has a CD recording of her singing that includes the following songs:
Ave Maria, The Holy City, Alleluja, O Holy Night, and Father bring me close (original composition).
Esther has been teaching at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music since September 2015.