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The 2022 Angelos Artist Awardee

Dr. Helen Cha-Pyo

Artistic Director of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts

This year's theme for AME is having a Devoted Heart. Dr. Helen Cha-Pyo, the Artistic Director of the @Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and Principal Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony , and also our 2022 Angelos Artist Award recipient, will teach and share with us her personal powerful testimony.

Helen H. Cha-Pyo is currently in her fourth season as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA). Under her artistic leadership, WIPA serves over 1,400 students from 13 different counties of New Jersey through a range of classes at Wharton Performing Arts School, 15 performing ensembles at New Jersey Youth Symphony and Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program serving over 400 children in the city of Paterson, NJ.

For 16 years as Music Director and Conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY), Ms. Cha-Pyo inspired hundreds of young musicians to perform at the highest levels, resulting in Empire State Youth Orchestras being recognized as one of the nation’s premier music organizations for youth. Ms. Cha-Pyo regularly programmed a wide range of music embracing many different cultures. Her vision resulted in three prestigious ASCAP awards and a $100,000 grant to partially fund a music festival that commissioned nine works, one for each ESYO ensemble. She conducted the orchestra in outstanding concert halls including Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Zankel Hall, EMPAC, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She led the orchestra on three international tours: to Europe in 2008, China and South Korea in 2012, and Portugal in 2016. Ms. Cha-Pyo’s vision was instrumental in the founding of ESYO CHIME in 2015, a music education program dedicated to serving underprivileged youth in Schenectady and Troy, NY. In 2018, ESYO established the Helen Cha-Pyo Golden Baton Award and Scholarships for students who embody her passionate commitment to music as a means to uplift and enrich communities.



The history behind this award begins with a wonderful Christian luthier named Clive Morris from the United Kingdom, who had decided to create a cello to financially support AME. He named the cello 9/11 and placed it on the London Tarisio auction to be sold and all of the proceeds to be transferred to AME. In the Spring of 2012, this cello was sold to a Christian lady who bought the cello to praise God at her church in Chicago. In honor of Clive Morris, AME has decided to use part of the 9/11 cello fund to annually honor people like Clive who inspire and empower many with their generous gift and deep faith in God.  During the AME's annual benefit concert, this award will be honored to a Christian artist that embodies what AME is all about. A person that uses their gifting and excellence in the arts to EXALT God above all and EMPOWER the youth by using their platform to EXTEND God's love to all.

Past Angelos Artist Award Recipients:


2012 Mia Chung, piano  -

2013 Dean Stephen Clapp   -

2014 Clive Morris, luthier    -

2015 Hyunah Yu, soprano   -

2016 Elizabeth Larson, violinist   -

2017 Gary Parret, author & psalmist   -

2018 Rosie Jon, Artist  -

2019 Reveren Hyeon Soo Lim   -

2021 Joy Yoojin Kim, violin, singer song-writer   -

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