Written by CORC student worker, Julianna Degelman F12
Ting Chu-Richardson is the associate director of admissions at Hampshire College, I went to her lovely lavender colored office to talk to her about a whole array of hobbies including singing, art cataloging, and voice-over work.
When Ting is not busy traveling from high school to high school sharing her vast knowledge of the wonderful Hampshire College, she really enjoys singing. Singing has been a part of her life since she was a little girl. She took voice lessons for about seven years and she continued singing throughout high school and college.
Now, she sings in the Five College all female choir called Voces Feminae which is part of the Five College Early Music Program. The choir sings music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque Era. Just recently they focused on music from the time of the Spanish Inquisition. They performed a mix of mainly Christian and Arabic songs, with a few Jewish songs.
Ting says she enjoys singing in a choir “because of the freedom to be an individual and also the ability to blend with other voices at the same time”. She wishes she had more time to sing, but she says it’s now hard to keep up with her singing because of all the traveling she has to do for her job.
She also just finished cataloging her grandfather’s paintings. Her grandfather, Charles Chi-Jung Chu was an artist who specialized in Chinese water color painting. He was also a professor of art history at Connecticut College and curated their art collection.
Ting, along with her fiancé, Dave, and her uncle, cataloged over two thousand of her grandfather’s paintings after he died. She put together light boxes to evenly light each of the paintings and weighted them down. Then she used a contraption to hold a camera over the light boxes and took high quality photos of each painting. There is an online database, http://www.ellipsisvideo.com/LittleFrog/, where students can view all of these amazing paintings.
One more fun fact, if you happen to hear Ting’s voice on the TV when you stay at a hotel in Northampton, don’t be surprised. She also does voice-overs for commercials on the visitor channel for Northampton hotels.
From singing to cataloging, Ting is a busy woman, but she is always available and ready to help students in need. She says “if there are any students interested in admissions or careers in independent schools I am happy to help you with any questions that you have.”