The 2017 Classical Singer International Vocal Competition took place at the Minhang campus in ECNU from March 20 to 22.
At an award ceremony on the night of March 22, a panel of judges drawn from distinguished professors of 13 prestigious U.S. music academies, including Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music in Boston, College-Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Houston Music School, conferred certificates of merit to prize winners.
Of the winners those who were selected to have the most potentials received enrollment notices from the fore-mentioned U.S. music conservatories.
The event was hosted by the Department of Music of ECNU and sponsored by U.S. Classical Music & Performing Arts Association, the Art of Singing and Chinese Music Education magazines published by the People’s Music Publishing House.
Three teachers and students from ECNU's Department of Music win prizes at the competition.
Gao Lingyuan, a teacher with the Department of Music of ECNU won the third prize of classical opera in the category of young artists, getting a first in the women’s group. She was admitted as a Ph.D candidate to the Music School of James Madison University.
Liu Yisi, a third-year student of the department, clinched the third prize of classical opera in the category of university students. Three universities -- Cleveland Institute of Music and music schools of BrighamYoung University and George Mason University -- offered olive branches to him, recruiting him for graduate study.
Liu’s schoolmate Fu Han was awarded an excellence prize in the same category and received admission notices from New England Conservatory of Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College and George Mason University for graduate study.
During a speech at the award ceremony, Vice ECNU president Sun Zhenrong said it is an honor for ECNU to host the music feast and the university has boasted a first-class music faculty and discipline structure over years of development.
This year’s inaugural competition in Shanghai comprised a pyramid of activities such as an international vocal contest, U.S. music school enrollment, a summit and a vocal master class.
The vocal contest was divided into four categories - classical opera singers from middle schools and universities, respectively, young singers of classical opera, and music drama - drawing hundreds of contestants from China, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Ukraine and South Korea.