Dr. Wu Wins Twelfth Annual Kapteyn Prize


Catherine Yan ’24

Emotions ran high at 1 PM on October 16 as alumni, faculty, and guests congregated at the Berkshire Hall Atrium to celebrate Dr. Tasia Cheng-Chia Wu’s win of the 2020 $10,000 James C. Kapteyn Prize. The James C. Kapteyn Prize was established at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 2009 to honor the memory of beloved teacher Jamie Kapteyn, who taught English and coached soccer and lacrosse at Deerfield Academy, the Williston Northampton School, and Cushing Academy. Although postponed for two years due to Covid-19, the award ceremony was a joyous occasion full of excitement.

 Dr. Wu expressed her gratitude in her acceptance speech:   “I am so grateful for all my wonderful colleagues” and “learning music requires building discipline, keeping an open mind, using creative thinking, and communicating with others effectively. I feel blessed to be able to share my passion for music with students who are willing to take risks and try new things.” After her speech, she proceeded to shift the spotlight to her beloved Chamber Music students and conducted them to play three melodies. 

 According to the official description of Dr. Wu’s win, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation stated that “Dr. Wu joined Berkshire School’s music department in 2000. In addition to teaching music theory and advising students, she directs the chamber orchestra program and female a cappella ensemble, organizes a visiting artist series, and serves as music director and plays piano for musical theater productions. Under her leadership, the school’s music program has grown to include courses that focus on the chorus, chamber music, and music theory. She is a source of support for international students, who refer to her as “mom.” She launched a popular Lunar New Year event featuring food, decorations, presentations, and fireworks to celebrate the heritage of students who are often thousands of miles from home.”

 A great congratulations to Dr. Wu! Her impact on Berkshire life is beyond measure, and we are so lucky to have her as a music teacher, advisor, and mentor. 


References: https://www.berkshiretaconic.org/bLearnbAboutBTCF/BTCFNews/ViewArticle/tabid/96/ArticleId/1339/Tasia-Cheng-Chia-Wu-of-Berkshire-School-Wins-10-000-Kapteyn-Prize.aspx