December 2021 Spotlight
2018 Doctor of Musical Arts
Chien-Yi “Jack” Li, a native of Taiwan, received his DMA degree in Choral Conducting
from UofSC School of Music in 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Church
Music from Tainan Theological College and Seminary in Taiwan and master degrees in
Piano Performance and Choral Conducting from Mississippi College. While studying at
Mississippi, he conducted the Men’s Glee Club and served as an adjunct faculty in
the Music Department of Hinds Community College, MS.
While at Carolina, Chien-Yi studied with Dr. Larry Wyatt and Dr. Alicia Walker, and served as a graduate assistant in the choral studies program where he worked with the concert choir, graduate vocal ensemble, men’s chorus, and summer chorus, as well as serving as the pianist for the conducting pedagogy and undergraduate/graduate conducting courses. While pursuing his DMA, he served as a pianist and assistance conductor at Irmo High School, sang with LTO (Limited Time Only) , served as a church music director, and continued performing as a concert pianist.
In an effort to build togetherness through music, he coordinated an international choir to perform Yellow River Cantata at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and established the School of Music's partnership with Taiwan via international music festivals and performances in Taiwan in 2017 and 2019. Chien-Yi was awarded the Li-Ching Graduate Fellowship to conduct Asian studies in 2017 and the topic of his dissertation was “Diction for Mandarin/Chinese Singers in the Western Choral Music Tradition: A Methodology to Achieve Resonant Tone and Vowel Unification.”
Chien-Yi is currently the executive director and conductor of the Octangle Male Choir in Taipei, Taiwan where he is directing concert programs, workshops, master classes, and coordinating the choral education programs. Under his leadership, the choir has performed at Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts and numerous other area venues. Recently, he led the choir in a concert honoring the memory of Taiwan’s "Mr. Democracy", Former President Lee Teng-Hui, at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. The concert was highly successful with over 1,600 people in attendance including current President, Ms. Ing-Wen Tsai, and numerous government officials.
In addition to the position at the Octangle Male Choir, he is also the church music director at Shen-Wang Presbyterian Church, a choral coach at St. Vincent of Saragossa Catholic Church and Maxwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, and serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Tainan Theological college and Seminary, and Tainan National University of the Arts.