Friday, October 11, 2013

Department Chinese Music Ensemble Premiers

The new Chinese Music Ensemble gave its inaugural performance at the University Art Gallery on Tuesday, 8 October. The lunchtime program, entitled Boulevard Echoes, drew a larger than expected audience of more than one hundred. The concert, jointly sponsored by the Department of Music and the Institute of Chinese Studies, featured a selection of classic pieces for the full ensemble as well as for smaller combinations. The Ensemble will give another performance at the Art Gallery on Tuesday, 29 October at 1pm. Click here for a clip from the concert.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mid-Autumn Guqin Concert Draws Full House

A Guqin concert held at the Art Museum of the Institute of Chinese Studies on September 13 to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival drew a large audience of more than 200. See more pictures and read more about it here.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Recent Graduate Jamie Wong Featured in University Newsletter

Jamie Wong (B.A. 2013), recipient of the Esther Yewpick Lee Millennium Scholarship, was featured in the University's "Thus Spake..." segment this week. Jamie is on her way to Oxford this fall to pursue her graduate studies. Read more about her many interesting projects in the article here

Alumnus Chris Hung Wins Top Prize in Composition Competition

Dr. Chris Hung (DMus 2009) won First Prize at The International Composition Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria for his work, Concerto Funèbre for viola and string orchestra. We extend our hearty congratulations to him and to all the other participants in the contest! Read more about it here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Undergraduate Student Trio Wins Prize in Competition

Congratulations to Trio de Semplice! Formed by current undergraduate students Camille Poon, Chor Kei Hei, and Shelley Ng the piano trio received Fourth Prize and Outstanding Awards in the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition held in Hong Kong on 12-17 August. 

Celebrating Many Years of Service: Ms. Chau Kwai Kin

To celebrate Ms. Chau Kwai Kin’s many years of dedication and service to the Department, members of the faculty and staff held a retirement dinner in her honor at Pure Veggie House in the Mid-Levels on 9 August. It was a lovely evening, but Kin Tse, as she is affectionately known, will be deeply missed by all. We wish her good health, and much happiness and prosperity!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Update from Winnie Cheung, 2012-13 Exchange Student to UNC-Chapel Hill Music Dept

The exchange to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been a very memorable and fruitful experience for me. I enjoyed studying and exploring in the area so much.

I had a great experience studying at UNC: the teachers are nice and were willing to help me as an exchange student; the department provided me with lots of opportunities. As a pianist, I performed a solo recital, in UNC’s departmental concert, and in Prof. Paul Berkowitz’s master class. Also as a composer, I had three works world-premiered. The experience was satisfying because I worked with many helpful and accomplished UNC instrumentalists; I have learnt a lot from the other composition classmates too! I started studying conducting last fall at UNC. I got the privilege of studying with maestro Tonu Kalam, my favorite professor here. I also had the chance to conduct and rehearse with the UNC symphony orchestra this spring. It was amazing to work with almost a hundred orchestral members! The experience of studying authentic Jazz music here was excellent too. There is a lot of awesome Jazz music in the area and it was fun to improvise with Jazz people, who are nice and were willing to help me as a beginner!

Other than studying, I had fun hanging out with UNC students. Generally speaking the people here, including those living around the area, are very friendly and helpful. You will never be alone if you are willing to talk to the people around you and befriend with them. Also, there are always different kinds of activities organized by different UNC societies, and it is fun to do something other than what we usually do in Hong Kong. I went to the lake with other international students, and I also went kite flying with local students; it was so much fun! What is also amazing about UNC is that you can get free food everywhere: free donuts, pizzas, and others on- and off-campus.

I am so lucky to be here for an exchange! I got friends and wonderful memories, and I become a better musician and a better English user as well. I never imagined how amazing it is to explore in a foreign country with a different culture before getting here myself. I have never thought of having so many happy moments here. Because of the exchange experience in the US, I decided to do my graduate studies in the same country. The exchange has been a very positive experience for me!

- Winnie Wing Yi CHEUNG, Year 3 Undergraduate Student