Herbert Tsang:: Biography



Herbert Tsang is a Canadian conductor, violinist, and full professor at Trinity Western University. He is the music director of the chamber orchestra SINFONIA MOSAIC, and President of the Church Music Ministry of Canada, an organization dedicated to equipping worship leaders through church music. He has also served as Director of the Centre for Worship Studies at Carey Institute and Adjunct Professor at Carey Theological College. Tsang often travels as a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician, focusing on topics such as choral and instrumental conducting, philosophies of music and arts education, the theology of worship, and working with churches on worship renewal. He is committed to contemporary composers and regularly commissions and premieres new compositions.

As a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician, Tsang frequently travels to different locations. His areas of expertise include choral and instrumental conducting, philosophies of music and arts education, the theology of worship, the role of music and the arts in worship, and assisting churches in renewing their worship practices. He also takes pride in supporting contemporary composers and regularly commissions and debuts their compositions.

Tsang has a strong passion for opera and musical theater, having served as the musical director for productions such as "The Mikado" in 2012 and "HMS Pinafore" in the Surrey Arts Centre, which received positive reviews. He also conducted in a production of "Le Nozze di Figaro" at the East Slovakian State Opera House. As a composer, he has created the scores for the musicals "The Happy Prince" and "Noah's Ark." In 2008, he was invited as a symposium speaker for the Church Music Symposium at Concordia College School of Music in Alberta. He also led the "Heart and Art Worship and Music Training" for the Edmonton Chinese Christian Choir, having previously served as conductor for the program in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, he directed the choir's first choral conductor's training program in 2007.

Tsang participated in the 24th National Conductor's Symposium, under the direction of maestro Jon Washburn, rehearsed and conducted the Vancouver Chamber Choir in performance. In addition to his local engagements, Tsang has been invited to participate in the 1998 International Young Conductors Competition held in Lisbon, Portugal and recently invited to take part in conductors' workshops with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Symphony New Brunswick.

Before moving to Canada, Tsang spent three years as the music director/conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Saint Louis and assistant conductor of both the Southern Illinois University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He has also guest conducted the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic.

Also a prolific writer, Tsang currently has a regular monthly column on the topic of worship and music in Truth Monthly since 2004. His book titled "Worship: You, Me, and Him" (International Seed Press, 2008) focus on topics of worship and church music ministry.

With over thirty-seven recordings produced under his musical direction, they all remain remarkably successful and are much sought-after items. Other collaborative projects include a recording project for Dr. Samuel Y.C. Tang's devotional books "Heart-To-Heart Talks on Thanksgiving" and "Heart-To-Heart Talks on Prayer."

Committed to the training of young musicians, Tsang is on the music faculty of Place des Arts (http://www.placedesarts.ca) since 1995. In addition, Tsang was on the conducting faculty at the Chinese Christian Church Music Institute for Worship (http://www.cccmiw.org) music camps in San Francisco, California and Louisville, Kentucky (2001-2007). Subsequently, Tsang held the position as the Dean of Chinese Christian Church Music Institute for Worship (Canada) (2006-2008), in which he provided leadership for strategic development for CCCMIW in Canada. He also served as the founding music director of David C. Lam Christian Hymn Society (2002-2007) and music director of various church choirs.

The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Tsang was a Dean's College Scholar, winner of the Young Artist Award from University City Symphony Orchestra, and Fellow of the Southern Illinois University Undergraduate Research Academy. Tsang has also been nominated for the "Emerging Artist Award" with the ARC Arts Council. Also, Tsang was selected as one of eight Tanglewood II Symposium Scholars in 2007. This international symposium brings together distinguished international scholars to cultivate a new understanding of music learning for the 21st Century.

Tsang earned a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Simon Fraser University. Tsang also received a Master of Music degree from Boston University, where he continued his musical studies at the doctoral level. Additional musical and theological studies at the Royal School of Church Music (Diploma in Sacred Music), the Alliance Bible Seminary (Master of Christian Studies degree), the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Regent College, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

For more information about Herbert Tsang, please visit: www.herberttsang.com.

(Last update: December 2023)

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