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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.

All events at the Conservatory are free and open to the public. Please register to attend by following the link below.

Co-presenters:
Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
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 Conservatory of Music
Patty Chan, Music Director and President, Toronto Chinese Orchestra
Susan Cheng, Executive Director, Music From China, New York 
Han Mei, Director, Center for Chinese Music and Culture, Middle Tennessee State University
Marianne Løkke Jakobsen, Director, Music Confucius Institute, Royal Danish Academy of Music
Li Xin, Chinese Vice Director, Music Confucius Institute, Royal Danish Academy of Music and Professor of Musicology, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Robert Martin, Director, Bard College Conservatory of Music
Randy Raine-Reusch, Composer and concert artist
W. Anthony Sheppard, Professor of Music, Williams College
Chen Tao, Director, Melody of Dragon, New York 
Gloria Wong, World Music Program Chair, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music
Wu Man, Artistic Advisor, US-China Music Institute, Bard College Conservatory of Music
Yu Feng, President, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Su Zheng, Associate Professor of Music and East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

Wu Man and Friends: A Musical Journey
March 11, 8pm

Wu Man Workshop: On Improvisation
March 12, 1pm


Pre-Conference Event: Music at China Institute 华美音乐
March 10, 12pm

Reserve a Seat at the Dinner
50.00

Monday, March 11, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Kline Commons Faculty Dining Hall, Bard College

Tickets are per person and all inclusive. Spaces are limited so please reserve early.

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Directions, travel and lodging information:

The Bard College Conservatory of Music is located on the Bard College campus in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building, 61 Blithewood Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. 12504

For information about travel to Bard College, please visit bard.edu/visiting/directions/

For lodging, we recommend the Hampton Inn in Kingston.
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(Note: Kingston is about a 20 minute drive from the Bard campus. If you are traveling by air, a rental car will be necessary once you are in the area.)

More lodging options can be found on the bard website: bard.edu/visiting/accommodations

There are plenty of dining options on campus and in the nearby villages of Red Hook and Tivoli.
bard.edu/visiting/restaurants
dineoncampus.com/bard 

Please contact us at uschinamusic@bard.edu if you need help or more information.