Dr. Wei Cheng, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music joined the faculty at Denison University in 2008 from Earlham College, where she served as Earlham's Interim Director of Choral Activities after having served two years as Earlham's Assistant Choral Director.
Originally from Beijing, China, Dr. Cheng earned her Batchelor’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music and recently finished her doctoral studies at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. During her graduate studies at CCM she was the music director of the University of Cincinnati Women's Chorus (2002-2004), and was a three-time winner of the annual CCM conducting competition.
During the 2001-02 season Dr. Cheng held an internship with the Chicago Symphony Chorus where she sang in the chorus under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Metha, Pierre Boulez, and Duain Wolfe. In the summer of 2001, she was the assistant conductor of Handel's opera "Agrippina" in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival in Lucca, Italy. She was also a Conducting Fellow at the Chorus America Conducting Workshops in 2002 and 2003 where she studied under Dale Warland, Steven Cleobury, Fiora Contino, Gustav Meier, and other celebrated conductors.