Jeanette Wong is a classically trained composer with a wide range of musical influences. Her interest in multimedia has led to collaborations in film, dance, and theater in addition to more traditional concert works. Her music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe. She has studied composition with Marc-Antonio Consoli, D.C. Meckler, Ronald Bruce Smith, and Maia Aprahamian; film scoring with Sonny Kompanek; and orchestration with Justin Dello Joio.
Jeanette was born and raised in San Francisco and began her musical studies in piano and flute performance. Principal teachers include Joan Baker, Alex Davis and Kathleen Riley on piano and Esther Landau, Jeanette Nissley, and Gail Edwards on flute. Jeanette holds a B.M. in Music Theory & Composition from New York University and is an alumna of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. She was a recipient of the New Music Consortium’s Undergraduate Award and was selected as a Composition Fellow for the 2010 Cortona Sessions for New Music and for a 2012 Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency; most recently, Jeanette participated in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival’s Composing in the Wilderness program.
In addition to her creative pursuits, Jeanette has a great deal of experience in the field of performing arts administration. She has held administrative positions at SFJAZZ, San Francisco Symphony, League of American Orchestras, Michael Stockler Productions, and MTV Networks in addition to serving as a freelance consultant on various arts projects.
A strong supporter of music education and a former music teacher, Jeanette has organized programs for the San Francisco Symphony that reach approximately 50,000 children throughout the Greater Bay Area each year, including the award-winning Adventures in Music program, and has researched public music education policy for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. She currently serves on the board of Living Dream Arts, an organization that provides arts education programs to youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and circus performances to under-served communities around the world.
Her experience in event planning and program coordination includes projects of various scope: from celebrity fundraisers and events for Viacom executives to national conferences and professional development programs for arts administrators through the League of American Orchestras to presentations for companies such as Dolby and Apple.