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Anniversary Celebrated with a Concert by the Department of Music

2021.04.22
As part of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the founding of NTHU, and the 65th anniversary of its reestablishment in Taiwan, the NTHU Orchestra and Chorus, consisting of 150 teachers and students from the Department of Music, performed at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) on May 1—their first performance at a national arts venue since the merger of NTHU and National Hsinchu University of Education (NHCUE). The concert featured a solo performance of Mozart's “Coronation Mass” by Chen Tingyi(陳亭屹), a junior in the Department of Music.
 
 
The performance included Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony). The Chorus was conducted by Department of Music lecturer Yang Yichen(楊宜真), and the Orchestra was conducted by Toni Huang, formerly the assistant conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and currently the conductor of the Quanta Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
Despite his slender build, Chen Tingyi has a powerful bass voice. Amongst the awards he has won this year are the Rising Star Award of the Association of Vocal Artists of the ROC (he was the youngest of the six winners), the first prize in the Taipei South Sea Rotary Club’s Vocal Solo Scholarship Competition, and the fourth prize in the Western Opera Scholarship Competition of the Association of Vocal Artists of the ROC.
 
A tireless vocalist, Chen has previously performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei and the National Taichung Theater. He said that this was his first performance at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, and the first time he has sung a mass with a full-sized orchestra.
 
On the evening before the concert, Toni Huang(黃東漢)led the orchestra of budding musicians in an intensive rehearsal at the Department of Music.
 
Huang said that the merger between NTHU and NHCUE has invigorated the Department of Music by bringing in quite a few students with double majors. In fact, Huang himself graduated from National Taiwan University with a double major in politics and law, before beginning to study conducting at the University of Michigan. He said that music is very much an interdisciplinary field, encompassing logic, acoustics, physics, and mathematics, and that his after-class discussions with his students covers a wide range of topics related to music.
 
One of the things Huang enjoys most about teaching is his students’ thirst for knowledge, their curiosity, and their eagerness to challenge established ways of doing things, in connection to which he said, “Last semester, while conducting a student rehearsal of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, it seemed as if I was hearing it for the first time, even though I’ve heard it countless times before!”
 
Wei Chunghsuan(魏崇軒)plays the tuba in the NTHU Orchestra, and has a dual major in music and technology management. He said that interdisciplinary studies have enhanced his field of vision and analytical ability, and have also strengthened his skill in music interpretation, adding that the orchestra’s performance at one of the nation’s premier concert halls is sure to give a major boost to NTHU’s reputation as a leading institution in the arts and humanities.
 
The concert was organized by the Chair of the Department of Music, Chang Fang-yu(張芳宇) who said that ever since the merger between NTHU and NHCUE in 2017, the quality of her students has been improving, such that the orchestra has undergone significant growth. She also extended a word of thanks to Alumni Association president Tsai Jinbu(蔡進步), Southern Alumni Association president Wu Lin-maw(吳林茂), and all the members of the Alumni Association, for their help in making the event a big success.
 

The NTHU Orchestra and Chorus rehearsing on the eve of the concert.

The NTHU Orchestra and Chorus rehearsing on the eve of the concert.


The concert featured a solo performance of Mozart's “Coronation Mass” by Chen Tingyi(陳亭屹), a junior in the Department of Music.

The concert featured a solo performance of Mozart's “Coronation Mass” by Chen Tingyi(陳亭屹), a junior in the Department of Music.


The NTHU Orchestra and Chorus rehearsing on the eve of the concert.

The NTHU Orchestra and Chorus rehearsing on the eve of the concert.


Members of the NTHU Orchestra rehearsing for the NHTH Anniversary concert.

Members of the NTHU Orchestra rehearsing for the NHTH Anniversary concert.


The program of the concert, held on May 1 at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts.

The program of the concert, held on May 1 at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts.


The Orchestra was conducted by Toni Huang(黃東漢), currently the conductor of the Quanta Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Orchestra was conducted by Toni Huang(黃東漢), currently the conductor of the Quanta Philharmonic Orchestra.


Wei Chunghsuan(魏崇軒)plays the tuba in the NTHU Orchestra, and has a dual major in music and technology management.

Wei Chunghsuan(魏崇軒)plays the tuba in the NTHU Orchestra, and has a dual major in music and technology management.


Members of the NTHU Orchestra rehearsing for the NHTH Anniversary concert.

Members of the NTHU Orchestra rehearsing for the NHTH Anniversary concert.

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