Puzangalan Children’s Choir was founded in Majia Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan in 2008. The choir consists of children from the indigenous Paiwan tribe in Taiwan. The name “Puzangalan” means “hope” in Paiwan language, and indeed, the choir was founded with an aim to bring hope to children and spread happiness through singing.
The indigenous children of the choir are well trained and taught to sing traditional Paiwan songs under the leadership and robust training of Conductor Shengying Wu (Muni Takivalji). With a repertoire that infuses traditional indigenous tunes with modern characteristics, the choir serves not only to highlight the importance of cultural inheritance, but also to enable Paiwan children to know more about their own culture.
The choir has received honors at several musical competitions. It was awarded the “Gold Medal First Prize” of the Youth Category in the Competition of the 10th China Choral Festival and the 2nd Xinghai International Choral Festival (2010), and the “Gold Medal First Prize” of the Children Category of the China International Chorus Festival and the IFCM World Choral Summit (2012). In addition, it has been a three-time recipient of the First Prize of choral music in the National Student Competition of Music in Taiwan.
Puzangalan Children’s Choir has been invited to sing at several renowned events at home and abroad, including the 29th Japan Choral Association KODOMO (Children) Chorus Festival (Hiroshima, 2015), the 34th International Children’s Choir Festival „Georg Friedrich Händel“ (Germany, 2013), the 4th International Children's Choir Festival Dresden (Germany, 2012), and the Taipei International Choral Festival (Taipei, 2011-2013). In 2016, the choir will perform at the 7th Chinese Youths and Children Choral Festival in Zhongshan, Guangdong in July, the Taipei International Choral Festival (for the 4th time) in August, and the 11th Cantemus International Choral Festival in Hungary in August.