Introducing Angela Wong Duncan
By Julia Ariail
Posted August 30, 2013
Angela Wong Duncan, new pianist and organist for Christ Episcopal Church, has been playing the piano since she was two years old. Born in Hong Kong, she attended an Anglican school there and worshiped in an Anglican church that was a part of the school. She moved to the United States at 17 to attend Sierra College in Rocklin, California. Two years later, she transferred to Georgia Southern College (GSU) in Statesboro, Georgia.
Initially a psychology major, she asked to take piano lessons from a GSU professor. Once he heard her play, he convinced her to change her major to piano performance by awarding her a full scholarship. Angela earned a Bachelor of Music degree and is three credits away from finishing a Master’s of Music degree from GSU. Her studies also included classes in organ.
“I’m still interested in psychology,” she laughed, “particularly neuroscience and music cognition. I intend to study more about that in the future.”
Angela met her husband Josh, a saxophone player, at Georgia Southern. Married for two years, the couple recently moved to Valdosta so that Josh can study at Valdosta State University.
Angela comes from a very musical family. Her mother is the music director at a church in Hong Kong. Her sister Christina is a cellist studying at Georgia Southern.
“I hope to have my sister as well as other friends who are professional singers and musicians to be guest performers here at Christ Church,” said Angela. “Perhaps we can have some seasonal performances of special music. I believe the power of music can bring people together. I hope to facilitate growth in worship through music. Nothing beats music for expressing feelings and one’s love for God,” she said.