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Major Media Reports "CCOM sets up Chinese Instrumental Performance Degree Program in the United States

Chinese Instrumental Degree Co-founded in Beijing Partners with a New York University

reprinted from CGTN.com/CULTURE, By Meng Yang, Shen Li

Despite the cold weather, many college students and journalists sit together in the concert hall of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing on Sunday to witness the groundbreaking step of Chinese Music Development - the announcing of the new partnership between the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York.

The Chinese Instrumental Performance Degree Program is co-founded aiming to create a comprehensive and effective platform at the Bard Conservatory for Chinese music in the United States.

To launch this program, which is the very first Chinese performance degree program among western higher institutions, Yu Feng, president of the Central Conservatory and Robert Martin, director of the Bard Conservatory signed a formal agreement for the Initiative.

The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing /CGTN Photo

The very first duty and mission of a key university as the Central Conservatory of Music is to promote the splendid Chinese culture and Chinese music, said Yu Feng. "It is my firm belief that it is incumbent upon us to promote and disseminate Chinese music all over the world."

"The Central Conservatory of Music and Bard Conservatory have taken the lead in opening the Chinese culture in foreign conservatories. This innovative step has historical significance in the development of Chinese music in the West. Our cooperation with Bard College, one of the finest liberal arts colleges in America with a rich history of 157 years, sends out a clear Chinese voice to the world that we have entered into a new cooperation mode and a new stage through the integration of music and culture exchanges," Yu added.

Leon Botstein, president of Bard Conservatory, believes that the agreement is a milestone in Bard College's international engagement: "Our partnership with the Central Conservatory will result in deeper connections with China's vibrant musical life and rich heritage."

Bard Conservatory director Robert Martin noted, "This is the culmination of years of work building relationships with the music world of China, including a tour of the Conservatory Orchestra to China in 2012. This agreement is a major achievement of our new US-China Music Institute, led by the distinguished conductor, author, and educator Cai Jingdong and a wonderful enrichment of the life of the Bard community."

Performance shot of students performing with traditional Chinese instruments /CGTN Photo

Cai showed his confident of the future development of Chinese music: "More than 400 years ago, the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci presented a Ming Dynasty emperor with a Western musical instrument, planting the seeds of Western music in China. Now we at Bard hope to make a similar contribution, deepening the development of Chinese music in the West. I am sure it will not take four centuries!"

The director of the Traditional Music Department of Central Conservatory Yu Hongmei believes that Chinese traditional music has taken a solid step out embracing the world. "We will delegate the best faculties to teach in a variety of ways, including individual lessons, video conferencing and master classes."

Talking about the difficulties of international student learning Chinese instrument, Yu Feng told CGTN: "Music has no boundaries, I believe they can learn Chinese instruments just as well as we learn western instruments."

Three professors from the Beijing school will become primary faculty members.

"Of course the environment will give them western thinking and western education, it can make (create) a new generation. I don't know what's gonna happen, actually, it never happens," Yu Hongmei told CGTN at the press conference.

Stage photo of the Chinese instrument performance /CGTN Photo

Zhou Wang, chair of Guzheng Studies added that: "Traditional Chinese culture is the basis of Chinese music and Chinese instruments. We will also introduce lessons such as calligraphy, traditional Chinese opera and Chinese poetry to our students."

The initiative will also launch an annual Chinese music festival at Bard and an annual summer school for high school students. Seminars and scholarly conferences on Chinese music, art and social development will also be held in the US and China on alternate years.

After the initiative, professors and students of the Central Conservatory of Music gave a brilliant performance with Chinese musical instruments and won warm applause from the audiences.


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Chinese Music Finds New Foothold in United States

reprinted from China Daily, By Chen Nan

Students from the Central Conservatory of Music perform at a news conference in Beijing on Sunday. New York's Bard College Conservatory of Music will work with the college to create an undergraduate program in Chinese musical instrument performance.[Photo by MA GUOHUI/FOR CHINA DAILY]

New York's Bard College Conservatory of Music will teach an undergraduate program in Chinese musical instrument performance starting next fall.

Bard will work with Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music to create the program, said to be the first of its kind at a Western college.

Students will be able to apply in January for a first year that will focus on the erhu, pipa and guzheng, all stringed instruments.

Yu Feng, president of the Beijing school, signed a development initiative for the program and other joint efforts with Robert Martin, director of the New York school, on Sunday in Beijing.

Martin, who is a cellist, said he has been coming to China since the 1970s and had the idea of introducing a Chinese instrument performance degree program at Bard two years ago.

"The goal is to create a comprehensive and effective platform for Chinese music in the United States," he said. "I believe our partnership is what diplomats call a win-win situation."

Yu hailed the project as a "trailblazing step" for Chinese music worldwide that would create a new channel for cultural exchange between the two countries.

"Traditional Chinese culture is the basis of Chinese music and Chinese instruments," Yu said. "We will also introduce lessons such as calligraphy, traditional Chinese opera and Chinese poetry to our students."

In a video played for the announcement ceremony, Leon Botstein, president of Bard, said: "There has been much development regarding the absorption of the teaching of Western instruments and Western music. This needs to be balanced by the introduction of the great tradition of Chinese music and Chinese instruments to Western musicians, inspiring young musicians of the next generation."

Bard, a private liberal arts college founded in 1860, launched its music conservatory in 2005. The new program will build on its existing five-year music and liberal arts and science program to combine the professional study of traditional Chinese instruments with a Western-style liberal arts education. According to Yu, three professors from the Beijing school will become primary faculty members.

Outside the program, the initiative will also launch an annual Chinese music festival at Bard and an annual summer school for high school students. Both will focus on music from contemporary China. Seminars and scholarly conferences on Chinese music, art and social development will also be held in the US and China on alternate years.

Chinese conductor Cai Jindong will chair the committee overseeing the initiative. Cai, who was born in Beijing and studied violin and piano, went to the US in 1985 and joined the Stanford University faculty as professor in 2004. He has been guest conductor of major symphony orchestras in both China and the US.

"I have been working and living in the US for more than 30 years, and to me this program is like a dream come true," he said.

He noted that the development of Western music in China has a very long history, starting with Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), the Italian believed to have been the first Jesuit priest to enter Beijing. Ricci gave a clavichord to Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in 1601.

"Chinese music never really developed in the West," Cai said. "We believe this program will make changes in the long run."


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Reprinted from CGTN.com & China Daily , CCOM , 2017-12-12


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