Music-in-Education; Program Manager, Community Engagement; Faculty Advisor to MusicLaunch Program
Randy Wong is a nationally respected researcher, published writer, program developer, and educator in the specialized field of Music-in-Education.
Wong served as a Program Director for the Music-in-Education National Consortium (MIENC), and oversaw projects in Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Mankato, Minneapolis, Norwalk-La Mirada, New York City, Oakland, San Francisco, Tucson, and other cities where the Consortium is partnered. Wong has also contributed research to the San Francisco Symphony's Keeping Score and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education's PAIR initiatives. Wong’s research has been published in The Journal for Music-in-Education, where he is also Associate Editor.
As a teaching artist, Wong has taught and developed general music and music literacy curriculum for El Sistema Hawaii's Ka Liko Lehua Kaaawa project, and held a similar role at the Atrium School in Watertown, MA.
NEC's Music-in-Education Guided Internship Program, which Wong directs, has partnered with schools, community centers, arts organizations, museums, and researchers throughout New England to develop initiatives that provide equity and access for a wide range of students and in diverse contexts. Current and past partnerships that Wong has forged include those with MusicLaunch/Wang YMCA of Chinatown, Cantata Singers/Classroom Cantatas, Boston Arts Academy, From The Top, Boston Children's Museum, the Josiah Quincy schools, Atrium School, and Roland Hayes Middle School. A majority of these partnerships have been reported on, and acclaimed, at national meetings held by the MIENC.
Trained as a double bassist at NEC, Wong performs throughout the world in pop, exotica, and jazz/world markets, having toured, recorded, or performed with Brother Ah, George Clinton, Susan Werner, Kenny Loggins, Michael Dease, Tim Mayer, Zaccai Curtis, Abe Lagrimas Jr., Robert Drasnin, and The Waitiki 7. As a classical musician, Wong is a member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and has been section bassist with a number of New England groups, including the Orchestra of Indian Hill.
Equally accomplished as a composer/arranger, band leader, and record producer, Wong’s music is regularly featured on National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition," "Weekend America," and "All Things Considered" programs, The Pentagon Channel, and the Department of Defense's Armed Forces Network. His compositions have garnered awards from the Music Foundation of Hawai’i, and a nomination from the Ontario Independent Music Awards. Since 2006, Wong has produced records for ukulele magnate Jim Beloff/Flea Market Music, including the Australian best-seller Rare Air and the Hawaii Music Award–winning Paradise Lost & Found. In 2007, a Project Copernicus performance of his violin concerto L'ours Chinois was ranked #4 in the Palm Beach Post’s Top 10 Classical Music Concerts. Additionally, Wong's music can be heard on United Airlines call centers and Hawaiian Airlines in-flight radio.
Recent projects produced by Wong include two chart-topping albums by The WAITIKI 7, Adventures in Paradise and New Sounds of Exotica, and WAITIKI in Hi-Fi (a 12" 180g vinyl LP) for Waitiki International LLC. Wong's expert knowledge of the historical and sociocultural conditions that led to mid-century exotica music has led him to be a frequent guest commentator on radio programs and podcasts dedicated to lounge music, being cited in Phillip Roberts's book Waikiki Tiki, as well as numerous other publications, including the acclaimed feature-length documentary, DVD of Tiki (2012).
In 2012, Wong was appointed as Executive Director of Hawaii Youth Symphony, one of the largest youth orchestra organizations in the country, and was profiled in Pacific Business News’ column, "People Who Make Hawaii Work," and has appeared as guest on Hawaii Public Radio's "Business of the Arts," HawaiiNewsNow, and ThinkTech radio.
B.M., New England Conservatory. Ed.M., Harvard University. Graduate Studies, Carnegie Mellon University. Education studies at Harvard with Howard Gardner, Steve Seidel, Jessica Hoffman Davis, and Larry Scripp. Double bass studies with Todd Seeber, Jeffrey Turner, and Cecil McBee.