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Tradition and Discovery: Teaching Chinese Music in the West

  • Bard College Conservatory of Music 61 Blithewood Avenue Annandale-on-Hudson, NY United States (map)

Annual Conference

The 2nd annual conference of the US-China Music Institute will explore the developments and challenges in teaching Chinese music in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

The world of music in the 21st century is more diverse than ever before. Chinese music is becoming more accessible to music students and audiences outside of China. With the rise of China as a global musical cultural force, music education can play a major role in creating cross-cultural connections and understanding. What are the challenges that Chinese instrument educators face, and what have been the greatest successes? The conference will be a forum for discussion and collaboration between educators to exchange ideas, drawing on experiences in varying educational settings and in different regions. 

The conference will also offer many opportunities to listen to music together, including performances by celebrated pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and the undergraduate Chinese instrument majors of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. There will also be performance opportunities for the many talented musicians who will be participating in the conference. 

Registration, event schedules and travel information coming soon. Send us an email at if you would like to learn more.

Pre-conference events in New York City March 9-10: attend the Lincoln Center performance of Wu Man and Yo Yo Ma in concert with the New York Philharmonic, as well as a celebration at the China Institute of our new collaboration, Music at China Institute (华美音乐). 

Conference Co-presenters:
Music Confucius Institute of the Royal Danish Academy of Music
Center for Chinese Music and Culture at Middle Tennessee State University

Conference Speakers:
Jindong Cai, Director, US-China Music Institute, Bard College 
Patty Chan, Music Director, Concertmaster and President, Toronto Chinese Orchestra
Susan Cheng, Executive Director, Music From China, New York, NY 
Mei Han, Director, Center for Chinese Music and Culture, Middle Tennessee State University
Marianne Jakobsen and Li Xu, Co-Directors, Music Confucius Institute, Royal Danish Academy of Music
Robert Martin, Director, Bard College Conservatory of Music 
Chen Tao, Director, Melody of Dragon, NY 
Gloria Wong, Resident Conductor, British Columbia Youth Chinese Orchestra
Yu Feng, President, Central Conservatory of Music
Su Zheng, Professor of Music, Wesleyan University