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About Chinese Music Society

The Chinese Music Society at the University of Pennsylvania was founded in 2003 by Penn undergraduate Yiguang Zhang, a highly accomplished dizi player.  His aim was to foster a Chinese music community on campus through performances and other activities.  Five years later, the organization has quickly expanded from an initial 3-4 person team to our current staff of 10 board officers and a general body of over 30 listed members. 

CMS holds regular events, most notably our bi-annual concerts and Chinese holiday celebrations.  In addition, the group maintains a strong presence in student life.  We are frequently invited to perform at shows by other music and cultural groups on- or off-campus, including PennYo, Chinese Students' Association, South Asian Society, Chinese Students & Scholars Association at Penn, and even businesses in Chinatown. In addition, we strive to reach out to the Philadelphia community with our community outreach programs.  

CMS has alsoformed alliances and affiliations with various musicians, professors, departments, and performing groups.  From the AMES (now EALC) department, professor Yanfeng Li performed the erhu at our concerts, and professor Fang Yuan helped us with marketing.  Professor Jay Reise of the music department is our official Music Affiliate.  The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society (http://www.beijingopera.us/) offered guest performances at our shows, and we have also worked with members of the Music From China ensemble (http://www.musicfromchina.org/). 

CMS Goals:

  • To spread awareness of Chinese Music at Penn and around our surrounding community.
  • To provide musicians insterested in Chinese Music with a performing outlet. [join]
  • To give students the opportunity to learn about and participate in Chinese music. [learn]

CMS Plans for the 2010-2011 year:

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