United States of America Name: Yin-Chu Jou Organization: Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. (FAF)
New York City-based concert pianist and piano professor Yin-Chu Jou was commended by The New York Times on New Year’s Day January 1, 2006: “... Classical pianist Yin-Chu Jou and the Youth Symphony for United Nations... travel and play for peace, to promote world peace through music... to find a way to add a social element to musical performance.” Two-time soloist of the Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra (now MSO) performing Beethoven and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concertos (1995, 1998), Ms. Jou is an alumna of the Manhattan School of Music with a post-graduate Professional Studies degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of internationally renowned American concert pianist Dr. Donn-Alexandre Feder, protégé of Rosina Lhevinne, Sascha Gorodnitski and Jorge Bolet.
Since 2005, Yin-Chu has also been serving as Artistic Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. (FAF; www.faf.org), a non-governmental organization established in 1973 by Fulbright Scholar Harry Morgan and Cappy Devlin and the founders of Readers Digest Lila and DeWitt Wallace, with formal affiliation with the United Nations Department of Public Information and associate in Operational Relations with UNESCO, where she organizes and develops all FAF’s music programming worldwide including international music exchanges, some of which involve dance, theater or other related art forms, its Feel the Music! Project for the families of the victims of 9/11 (2005), the United Cultures Peace (UC Peace) Performing Arts Festival that takes place during the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and The Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival in New York City (2012 and 2013). Senator Hillary Clinton (NY), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY) and Congressman Christopher Shays (CT) had formally endorsed her work. FAF’s Artistic Director joins a rich history of many well-known Friendship Ambassadors including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Mother Theresa, Senator Jay Rockefeller, First President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi, among others, and most importantly the tens of thousands of private citizens and millions of lives touched and changed by the performance- centered cultural exchanges that FAF programs engender.
She was recognized as Finalist of the Taiwan Junior Chamber International 44th Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2006 (11th Place) and was key organizer of the Greenwich, CT (USA)-Vienne (France) Sister-Cities Celebration in Paris and Vienne (2008). Yin-Chu is FAF’s main representative to the United Nations and UNESCO. She was involved in the Haiti Relief efforts of the United States Fund for UNICEF through a combined choral and orchestral concert in Washington, DC that gathered 200 young artists from the US East and West Coasts united in music to benefit the children of Haiti during their time of need.
Ms. Jou graduated with a Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of the Philippines College of Music Master of Music from the studio of the most internationally awarded Filipino concert pianist Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, and St. Scholastica’s College Bachelor of Music magna cum laude honors with former UP College of Music Dean Mauricia Borromeo. At an early age Yin-Chu has become a respected pianist and teacher of young musicians, earning Westchester Magazine’s “2006 Best New Music Conservatory in Westchester, New York” award for her direction of an up and rising community music conservatory and as director of an international foundation dedicated to promoting peace thru cultural exchange & the arts.
Taiwanese in descent and raised in the Philippines, Ms. Jou’s work as a pianist was featured as centerfold articles by the Rye Sound Shore Review and The Harrison Report (07/2005) titled “Abundant Virtue” as its focal point to suggest her role in the world for the welfare of people through music. The Rye Sound Shore Review hailed Yin-Chu’s work with and as co-founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations as “Classical Pianist Spread Peace and Unity through the Music of Youth” (12/2005). The Greenwich Citizen in a full-page article reported her work in Louisiana post-Hurricane Katrina at a FEMA trailer camp and Common Ground rescue site “Music is the medium; friendship is the message” (08/2006). The United States Senate presented Yin-Chu and the Youth Symphony a Certificate of Appreciation “In Honor of Your Dedication to Uplifting Our Youth” on June 2007. In the same year, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin proclaimed the 28th of June “a day in honor of the Youth Symphony and Youth Band for its bringing New Orleans back through its concert to aid evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita” which The Journal News described as “using music to lift the spirits of people still recovering from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.” The Times Picayune cited her work “to be part of a United Nations mission is even more awe-inspiring, bringing along over 70 orchestral and band instruments to donate to youths in Louisiana who lost theirs during the storm.”
Ms. Jou has performed extensively, including a succession of three concerts in a Classical Music Concert Series presented by The Greenwich Arts Council, at The Wainwright House in Rye, New York, the Amadeus Conservatory of Music, the 2000 International Piano Festival in Spain led by internationally sought-after artist teacher Dr. Solomon Mikowsky, the Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation’s 2011 Young Artist Series and Peace Philharmonic Philippines Foundation, Inc. She was the featured artist during the 4th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations for an international delegation of over a thousand young leaders, and the 40th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations Women’s Guild at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium of the UN Headquarters in New York, where she shared the stage with current First Lady and wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek and the active UN Women’s Guild President Tsu-Wei Chang. Her performances had been described as “expressive”, “beautiful” and “compelling”, and “her piano-playing makes the keys sound golden.”
Yin-Chu Jou Artistic Director & International Programs Director at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc., Representative to UN & UNESCO
SPECIALTIES planning, development, promotion and facilitation of transformative youth-based international and domestic concert tours, artistic & cultural exchanges, NGO conferences, special events and gatherings
EXPERIENCE Artistic Director at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. September 2005 - Present (7 years)
Since 2005, Yin-Chu has been serving as Artistic Director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc., a NGO formally associated with the UN Department of Public Information and in Consultative Status with UNESCO, where she organizes and develops - All FAF’s music and artistic programming worldwide including international music exchanges and concert tours for choirs, bands, and orchestras, some involving dance, theater or other related art forms, - Feel the Music! Project for the families of the victims of 9/11 (2005), - United Cultures Peace (UC Peace) Performing Arts Festival that takes place during the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and - The Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival in New York City (2012, 2013, present)
Ms.Jou was : Co-founder of the Youth Symphony for United Nations, a project affiliated with Symphony for United Nations led by Maestro Joseph Eger (2006) Key organizer of 2009 Friendship Tour to Nepal-India & "Women, Water, & Food Security" Conference in Calcutta, India by the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (10/2009) Key organizer of a benefit for UNICEF-USA's Haiti Relief through a combined choral & orchestral concert in Washington, DC that gathered 200 young artists from the US East and West Coasts united in music to benefit the children of Haiti during their time of need (4/2010) Program director for the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child conference at the UN Headquarters in New York (4/2010) Delegate to UNAOC Doha Pre-Forum, Consultation with CSOs (5/2011) Founder & Festival Manager of the Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter “We the Peoples”, at the UN Headquarters, NY and at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
EDUCATION Manhattan School of Music Post Graduate, Piano Performance, 2002 – 2004 University of the Philippines - Masters of Music, Piano Performance, 2000 - 2002 St. Scholastica's College Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, 1993 – 1998, Graduated Magna cum laude honors
HONORS AND AWARDS
Finalist of the Taiwan Junior Chamber International 44th Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2006 (11th Place)
Westchester Magazine’s “2006 Best New Music Conservatory in Westchester, New York” award
US Senate Certificate of Appreciation “In Honor of Your Dedication to Uplifting Our Youth” on June 2007 presented to Yin- Chu and the Youth Symphony for United Nations
Proclamation by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin of 28th of June as “a day in honor of the Youth Symphony and Youth Band for its bringing New Orleans back through its concert to aid evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita” in June 2007 Formal endorsements from Senator Hillary Clinton (NY), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY) and Congressman Christopher Shays (CT)
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