Profile: Li Chan Chen Maxham

Department of Arts, Culture and Media

Described by the San Francisco Examiner as ¡°a lyric Soprano with beauty and intelligence, Li-Chan Chen-Maxham has enjoyed performing both on the opera and concert stages around the world. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Hawaii Opera, Taipei Opera Theater, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and Stadttheater Gelsenkirchen in Germany, and the Stadttheater St. Gallen, Switzerland. The twenty-plus leading operatic roles she has performed include Susanna, Pamina, Nannetta, Adina and Norina. She has sung concerts and recitals in many cities throughout the United States, France, and Germany and in her native country Taiwan.

Miss Chen-Maxham received a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She was awarded a full scholarship to study French Chanson with Gerard Souzay and Thomas Grubb in the Ravel Academie, Saint Jean de Luz, France. She was a winner of the San Francisco Opera Auditions, participated in the Merola Opera Program, and was selected to be an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. She was the second prize winner of the International Concours de Chant de Paris.

In addition to her native tongues of Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese, Miss Chen-Maxham speaks fluent English and German. She received a certificate of completion from the Universit¨¤ per Stranieri di Siena in Italy for the intensive Italian language course she attended. While maintaining an active performing schedule, Miss Chen-Maxham has devoted much of her time to teaching the art of singing. Her teaching experience includes positions with the Taipei Baptist Seminary, the Middlesex County Arts High/Middle School of New Jersey, the Rutgers Community Music Program and the Chinese Christian Church Music Institute of Worship. She is frequently invited to conduct vocal workshops in the US and Canada. She is the co-founder of Joy of Singing, LLC which holds summer vocal performance workshops for high school and adult singers every year. Ms. Chen-Maxham maintains a private voice studio in Edison, New Jersey, and is a part-time faculty member of the music department of Mason Gross School of the Arts as well as the Department of Arts, Culture and Media of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.