Assistant Professor, Conducting Choral Ensemble Department
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman



Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the Philippines, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and music theory. She is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, the UP Dawani Women’s Choir, and the New Millennium Sanctuary Choir. Previously, she conducted the University of Michigan Residential College Singers (2011-2012) the University of Michigan Opera Chorus (2010-2011), the Yale University Church Choir (2009-2010), and the Yale Marquand Chapel Choir (2008-2009).

Her conducting and academic awards include the 2012 Levi Barbour Fellowship from the University of Michigan, the 2010 Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Award from the Yale School of Music, the 2010 Margot Fassler Award and the 2009 Hugh Giles Prize from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

In 2009, she won First Prize at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Graduate Conducting Competition, the most prestigious national conducting competition in the United States. Most recently, she was also invited to be a conducting fellow at the Chorus America National Choral-Orchestral Master Class in New York City.

Conducting and adjudication engagements have brought her to South Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, and Singapore.

She has also led workshops in different parts of the Philippines, including Cebu, Ilocos Norte, Bataan, Laguna, Baguio, Batangas, and Cagayan de Oro. She serves on the National Board of the Philippine Choral Directors Association. She has participated in conducting master classes under Paul Hillier (Hilliard Ensemble), Simon Halsey (Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Choir), Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan), Nicholas McGegan (Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra), Dale Warland (Dale Warland Singers), Gary Thor-Wedow (The Juilliard School), Jameson Marvin (Harvard University), Philip Brunelle (Vocal Essence), Hannalote Padal (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany), and Helmuth Rilling (Philadelphia Bach Institute). She has also attended orchestral conducting master classes under David Hayes (Curtis Institute of Music) and Jacques Lacombe (New Jersey Symphony Orchestra). As a pianist, she won first prize in the Philippines’ National Music Competitions for Young Artists and received a “High Honors” award in the New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association competition.

Dr. Shangkuan-Cheng received a Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.