Taiwan National Symphony Youth Orchestra 2023

NSYO 2024 Summer International Tour

In collaboration with Taiwan Philharmonic (known as National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan), Chenter Foundation is happy to announce our support for US citizen/resident musicians in (Taiwan) National Symphony Youth Orchestra‘s upcoming 2024 Summer International Tour. In line with our mandate, we are encouraging US citizens and resident musicians to experience global learning and performance opportunities. By enabling young talents to engage in a breadth of opportunities, we look forward to them becoming exceptional musicians who will promote empathy and compassion through music.

Through our operations arm Licha Stelaus Productions, we will provide support for US citizen and resident musicians to focus fully on the intensive training courses and rehearsals during the tour, which will be from 20 July to 5 August. Together with Music Director Maestro Jun Märkl, violinist Richard Lin, and other promising youths, these musicians will showcase what they’ve learned in five formal performances across Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand.

Learn more at https://www.lichastelaus.com/upcoming-events/nsyo2024summer

Read about us in Taiwan’s United Daily News:

A New Piano! *Updated

Chenter Foundation, in its continuing support of the Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys Choir (Nidarosdomens Guttekor), has provided the choir an additional grant to purchase a new Yamaha piano! The new piano has a crisp and warm sound, and has been lowered so their conductor, Thomas Berg-Juul, can better supervise the kids during rehearsals. We hope the piano will be a steadfast companion in the kids’ continuing journey of growth and learning.

NGK have since added a dedication plaque to the side of the piano showing our contribution! Thank you, and we hope you’re enjoying that piano!

Chenter Foundation’s 2023-2024 Juilliard Scholarships

Chenter Foundation is delighted to share with you the scholarship recipients for the Juilliard 2023-24 academic year!

With the Chenter Foundation Cathy and Tony Chen Scholarship for Classical Music, we are continuing to support violinist Alexandra Woroniecka, currently in her fourth year at Juilliard and studying under Professor Hyo Kang. This year, she won the Concertmaster and Principal Second position at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany.

With the Chenter Foundation Chen Hong-Mou and Chen Fu Scholarship for Classical Music, we are supporting cellist Jacqueline Hager, currently studying under Professor Natasha Brofsky. When she was 12, she made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and has since featured as a guest artist with other orchestras.

See their full profiles here: Juilliard Schol Report 23-24

We wish you the best with your studies and look forward to hearing more of the beautiful music you share with the world!

Joining The Juilliard School’s Global Council

Richard and Michelle Chen, and Damian Woetzel (president of The Juilliard School)
Richard and Michelle Chen, and Damian Woetzel (president of The Juilliard School)


We are delighted to share the following announcement from The Juilliard School.

Chenter Foundation has been appointed as a founding member of the Juilliard Global Council. Our foundation will be represented by Michelle Chen (Chenter Foundation President) and Richard Chen (Chenter Foundation Secretary/Treasurer).

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors to achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

The Juilliard Journal

The seven founding members of the Global Council are leaders and philanthropists in the performing arts that have convened to advance Juilliard’s mission and global presence. The members also serve as global ambassadors of the school. Through their extensive networks, members will help broaden the school’s outreach to communities of like-minded music lovers.

Chenter Foundation is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving children’s lives through health care, education, music and the performing arts. We believe in Juilliard’s world-class education and partner with Juilliard to support their young artists in spreading music worldwide with specially endowed scholarships. We believe education, health care, music and the performing arts are not privileges but everyone’s fundamental rights.


Alexandra Woroniecka, Juilliard student and recipient of the Chenter Foundation Cathy and Tony Chen Scholarship

Under the umbrella of the Chenter Foundation, Licha Stelaus Productions was established to spread empathy and compassion through music and the performing arts. Our concerts are inclusive events designed especially for people and groups who lack the opportunities to enjoy high-caliber concerts. In addition, we endeavor to nurture future generations of talented musicians and performing artists with our concert productions.

The world is chaotic and hectic. Nevertheless, we hope to heal hearts and uplift spirits through music’s powers.



Juilliard School journal (Page 2 for Global Council news): http://online.fliphtml5.com/tnxj/ftyx/#p=4


Chenter Foundation Cathy and Tony Chen Scholarship for Classical Music: https://www.chenterfoundation.org/congratulations-to-alexandra-woroniecka/

Juilliard School 2022 Commencement: https://www.juilliard.edu/school/news/media-gallery#/media-gallery/video/156181/juilliard-congratulates-class-2022


Thank You University of Hawaii Foundation!

Thank you University of Hawaii Foundation for the wonderful letters of appreciation! We’re really happy and proud to see that we’ve been able to make a positive impact on so many students’ lives. We hope the students enjoy and cherish their education as we continue to empower and improve the lives of those in need.

Congratulations to Alexandra Woroniecka!

Congratulations to Alexandra Woroniecka for receiving the Chenter Foundation Cathy and Tony Chen Scholarship and attending The Juilliard School. Alexandra is a 19 year old Polish-American violinist studying at The Juilliard School under Mr. Hyo Kang, and she has performed in well-known halls such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, The Łancut Castle in Poland, and at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Concert in 2015.

Click to read her full biography

Photo used with permission from Ms. Woroniecka and The Juilliard School.

University of Hawai’i – Next Steps to Your Future


Chenter Foundation has awarded 119 scholarships this past summer for high school graduates in need to enable them to attend University of Hawaii college systems. Congratulations!

On the News!

Chenter Foundation is proud to be one of the first scholarship funding partners for this very important education project  to promote Hawaii public high school graduates’ college attendance.

Participants can attend free summer classes at University of Hawaii community colleges, benefit from personal advisors, and explore their career options. They will also be eligible for scholarships to attend University of Hawaii campuses in Fall 2021.


Details of this program can be found at nextsteps.hawaii.edu or simply text “nextsteps” to (808) 437-2719 by May 30, 2021.


The Chenter Foundation would like to honor and give special mention to Susana and Jorge Ho for providing scholarship support to aspiring students through the Chenter Foundation Susana & Jorge Ho Next Steps Scholarship. Thank you for giving these students opportunities they otherwise might not have had. Learn more here


We believe health, education, and music are not privileges, but are basic rights of everyone.

We believe widespread proper education is a critical element for a stable society.

*While Chenter Foundation participates in financial grants to this project, determination of eligibility are solely by University of Hawai’i

Photos and Videos: University of Hawai’i Foundation

Holiday Greetings from Norway!

We received this lovely message and song from our friends at Nidarosdomens Guttekor filmed in their majestic home, Nidaros Cathedral. It brought back wonderful memories of our Asian tours and charity concerts in Norway. Thank you and we look forward to more collaborations!
The song is Norway’s most beloved Christmas hymn “Deilig er jorden”. It’s melody is originally a German hymn “Schönster Herr Jesu”, dating back to 1677. In Norway, it is tradition to sing this song at the end of Christmas concerts, and, of course, at the end of the Christmas eve services.
On 24 December 2020, the Norwegian television will broadcasted live from the Nidaros Cathedral and this song was sung by all Norwegians lead by Nidarosdomens Guttekor.
Licha Stelaus Productions is an affiliate of Chenter Foundation
Find out more about this fabulous choir and previous concerts videos and photos
Video: © Nidarosdomens Guttekor. All Rights Reserved.

Festival Winds 2019

The highly anticipated band event of the year “Festival Winds” organised by the Band Directors’ Association (Singapore) came back for its second year! Festival Winds is a premier musical experience for students (Secondary School and above) throughout Singapore to come together and perform with one another. At Festival Winds, students participated in masterclasses with an esteemed professional faculty and rehearse as an ensemble for 4 days. At the end of the Festival, students performed a full length concert to demonstrate their growth and development.

Festival Winds 2019 welcomed new sponsors Chenter Foundation, Licha Stelaus Productions and new venue partner Nanyang Polytechnic alongside their returning sponsor The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Attendees could also look forward to catching their favourite Band Directors in action as the Band Directors’ Association Band took the stage for the Festival Winds Honour Band Concert. Festival Winds Honour Band Concert was conducted by BDA(S)’s esteemed advisor, Dr Leonard Tan from the National Institute of Education and Director of Music of the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band ME5 Tan Aik Kee Ken Steven.

The 4-day event, targeted at students aged 13 years old and above, was helmed by some of the top local professional directors with the following objectives:
– To provide a platform for band members from different schools to interact in a learning and performance environment
– To introduce ensemble playing and full band training to participants
– To create opportunities to foster camaraderie and teamwork
– To equip student leaders to be role models in discipline and skills to lead and assist other band members in music matters

Students were separated into 3 groups, based on their number of years of experience, and put through a series of intense ensemble and combined band training.