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Guest Conducting the Taiwan Youth Festival Choir

English text below. 有幸被福爾摩沙合唱團的藝術總監蘇慶俊教授邀請當台灣節慶青年合唱團的客席指揮,與他和來自美國的 Matthew Oltman 同台演出。 指揮台灣最傑出的青年歌者。有多傑出?請看上面在國家音樂廳彩排的摘要! 🙂 與心思細膩的音樂家,教育家和藝術工作人員一起工作,奮鬥。 七天內學會了二十多首不同作曲家,編曲家運用不同的語言和方言的合唱曲。 四個城市,四個美麗的音樂廳。 到了不同地方授課。 當歌唱比賽評審。 遇到馬來西亞的老朋友。 吃到超級無敵讚的美食(岡山羊肉,台中燒烤)。 《八陣圖》終於獲得發表,受表演者和觀眾熱烈的反應。 感謝大師蘇慶俊和所有福爾摩沙和台青的工作人員。這位客席指揮從你們身上學習到好多東西,也因你們得到許多的啟發和感動。請繼續這個培養下一代的神聖音樂教育工作。台灣加油! “只求音韵撩心弦,合唱群艺得知音!” – 鄭維誠 I had the good fortune of being invited by Professor Julian Su, Artistic Director of the renowned Formosa Singers to guest conduct the Taiwan Youth Festival Choir and share the podium with him and Matthew Oltman (Music Director Emeritus of Chanticleer) and oh my was this a fantastic experience! A summary: Conducted some of the finest young singers of Taiwan; Don’t believe me? Listen to their rehearsal at the National Concert Hall above! Got to work with and observe the work of really meticulous musicians, educators and arts administrators; Learnt over 20 beautiful choral compositions written by various composers and arrangers (some Singaporean) in various languages and dialects in 7 days; Performed in 4 cities in fab concert halls; Attended (and gave) music workshops; Adjudicated a singing competition; Met an old friend from Malaysia; Tasted some REALLY HEAVENLY FOOD; “Eight Trigrams” is premiered to appreciative audiences and performers who responded enthusiastically to it (really can’t imagine …

Studying at the Kodaly Institute

Decided to post this in response to some queries on what studying at the Kodaly Institute is like. Disclaimer: Do note that the following information is based purely personal perspectives of masters studies at the Kodaly Institute for the academic year of 2011-2012 and should not be taken as official information. Do note also that the Kodaly Institute is always reviewing and renewing itself and modifications are made based on the recommendations of previous batches of students, so course structure or programmes may see modifications from year to year. It would be best to check with official institute administrators/lecturers or with recent graduates or alumni for the latest information. What is the music culture like in the institute and in Hungary? There are guest performers at the institute, performances by lecturers and/or their choirs in Kecskemet, and sometimes, buses are arranged for performances in Budapest. Performances are generally interesting and of good quality. Big names perform at MUPA every so often as well (Singapore’s Esplanade equivalent). Students who are looking for a platform to perform …

Important Places for Kecskemet Kodaly Institute Students Part 3

Welcome to the final installment of ‘Important Places for Kecskemet Kodaly Institute Students’! Kodaly Memorial, Calvinist Church, Town Hall & Big Church Exit institute, turn left. Walk towards the square. On your right is the beautiful Kodaly memorial and Calvinist church. Head towards the ‘street’ between the big yellow church and the town hall (the beautiful building with the most amazing set of carillon bells that play well-known melodies… if you pay attention in Hungarian Music History class, you might actually identify quite a few of those) 🙂 Tourist Information Centre If this is your first time to Kecskemet, this place might be of some help. The Tourist Information Centre of Kecskemet can be found nestled in the corner between the town hall & big church. For other things, keep walking straight. Hair-cut I usually get my haircut in this building. The men’s on the ground floor. You can’t miss it when you walk straight. Before crossing the road to the hairdresser’s, if you turn right, you should see Malom in the distance. (Scroll down …

Important Places for Kecskemet Kodaly Institute Students Part 2

Here goes Part 2. Exit the Institute and turn right. This fascinating street holds many secrets. For starters, there’s a shop that sells yarns and the old auntie there can help sew on buttons for you for a very small fee (if you buy the string from her I think). Strings and Other Things Food & Beverage (F&B) Galore Now on to one of my favourite topics… F&B. Here’s a Kavezo that sells main courses where you can sit outdoors when the weather is mild. I don’t think food here is particularly fantastic compared to Caesar’s or Csarda but it will suffice if one is lazy to walk. Valentino, My Love Moving further on is Valentino Kávéház which serves excellent coffee & tea in very nice cups and tea sets. A fantastic place to have a quick cuppa, chill out near school. Bakeries, Our Life-Savers in Between Classes Towards the end of the street is a bakery where you can buy bread when in a rush for time in between classes. Turn left and you …