China Institute and the Bard College – Music at China Institute

January 31, 2019
China Institute and the Bard College Conservatory of Music Collaborate to Launch Music at China Institute Education Program

NEW YORK, January 24, 2019: China Institute is proud to announce a formal collaboration with the Bard College Conservatory of Music and its US-China Music Institute to inspire and educate people of all ages around the music and melodies of China. The initiative, Music at China Institute, is a result of China Institute’s ongoing mission to provide its audience with many diverse expressions of Chinese culture and creativity.

The first student cohort will enter the program in Spring, 2019 through China Institute’s renowned School of Chinese Studies, which has been educating students since 1944, and will be the first of many to learn about music rarely performed outside of China.

Andrea Sanseverino Galan, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at China Institute, noted that this immersive project will play a crucial role to “bring the teaching and learning of Chinese traditional music – its beauty, wisdom and philosophy – to people of all ages and backgrounds in the heart of New York City.”

Music at China Institute will be built upon the musical skills of talented educators and professional musicians from Bard College Conservatory and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, a leading institution that has helped shape the sound of—and engagement with—Chinese musical performance.

“We add today, with our China Institute colleagues, a program of music lessons, classes, and events for people of all ages who will come to love the distinctive sounds and rich cultural heritage of the traditional instruments of China. This is a project central to the missions of both of our institutions, and we are thrilled to be part of it,” remarked Robert Martin, Director of Bard College Conservatory, at China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala, where the project was first announced.

For inquiries about the initiative and details regarding music lessons and classes in Spring 2019, please contact:
Shenzhan Liao
Director, School of Chinese Studies at China Institute
212-744-8181 x 118

About The Bard College Conservatory Of Music
Recognized as one of the finest conservatories in the United States, The Bard College Conservatory of Music, founded in 2005 and located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, is guided by the principle that young musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. All undergraduates complete two degrees over a five-year period: a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts in a field other than music.

The US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music was formed in 2017 with the goal of creating a major platform in the United States for the study, performance, and appreciation of contemporary Chinese music. In partnership with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, it has embarked on a five-year Chinese Music Development Initiative, which will aid in the promotion of Chinese music through an undergraduate degree program at the Bard Conservatory, the annual China Now Music Festival each October at Bard and in New York City, an annual scholarly conference in the spring, and the Bard Youth Chinese Orchestra Summer Academy each August.

About China Institute
China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, art, and business. China Institute is the go-to resource on China—from ancient art to today’s business landscape and its rapidly shifting culture. Our programs, school, and gallery exhibitions bring to life the depth, complexity and dynamism of China. Founded in 1926 by Chinese reformers Hu Shi, K.P. Wen, and John Dewey, China Institute is the oldest bicultural, non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China.

Jeremy Willinger
China Institute
212-744-8181 x106

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