Experiencing the Other Side of the Wall
Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012
Utah State University's Chamber Singers performed at the International College Choral Festival in Beijing. The group was invited to the summer 2012 festival.
Members of Utah State University's Chamber Singers were part of a choral festival in China. In addition to performances, the group toured popular sites, including the Great Wall.
Utah State University’s Chamber Singers had the opportunity to perform at the International College Choral Festival in Beijing earlier in summer 2012.
“This was a tremendous honor,” said Cory Evans, director of choral activities for the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “Only five choirs were invited to perform and we were one of them.”
Opportunities such as this are great experiences students take with them for life, said Evans.
“This trip was an unforgettable experience,” said Elizabeth Tait, a junior majoring in vocal performance. “We stayed on the campus of Beihang University throughout the festival and had the opportunity to perform in their beautiful concert hall.”
The festival not only highlighted performances from selected choirs, but it also included discussion groups and symposiums. Evans led a discussion on how the United States creates and manages choirs.
“The invitation to perform in China, as well as discuss our program here at the Caine College of the Arts, was such a satisfying affirmation that what we are doing is as good as anywhere in the world,” said Evans.
Nearly 40 USU students participated in the educational trip.
“China has not had choral music for very long and this festival is a way for the Chinese to learn all they can,” said Andrew Moon, a senior majoring in choral education. “This was a way to reach out and unite the world through music.”
The festival provided choirs from around the world the opportunity to show the Chinese how choral music works. Each symposium was centered on the conductors and how they could do their job effectively, while the choir groups focused on bonding and performing.
“It was really good to see the different choirs and how each interacted with their conductor,” said Leah Ward, a senior majoring in vocal performance. “This festival was beneficial not only to the Chinese but to everyone who attended. I feel that we are closer as a choir and we are better for this experience.”
Choirs invited to the festival represented universities and institutions from around the globe, including Yale University, the University of Los Andes in Columbia, the Tokyo Youth Choir, Utah State University’s Chamber Singers and choirs from the host country.
After the festival ended, the USU students were able to tour famous sights, including the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. They also attended a Peking acrobat show and visited both the Silk Market and the Pearl Market.
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