Short Concert

Our short concert typically runs 45-50 minutes straight tailored to the school assembly or the teacher’s single period and may be staged in an auditorium or a classroom setting. You may either leave it to us to present some of our signature acts or specify a specific theme for our performance such as to relate directly to your students interests or your own ongoing lessons (e.g. Chinese music during the Cultural Revolution; Yangqin along the Silk Road). A program may conclude or be interspersed with a 5-10 minute portion for Q&A or a general audience-mingling/ student-explore component.

Workshop Series

EastRiver workshops may be 45-90 minute demo-presentations of specific topics (e.g. history of Chinese percussion, the ritual and art of Chinese calligraphy) or participatory performances designed around mini-lessons for the audience (e.g. “Intro to Chinese guitars” or “Kungfu & Stagecraft”). Although generally offered as one-time events, the workshops and seminars may run as 3 or 6 part series or more

Preview Materials/Support

Our school programs are designed to flexibly accommodate all levels of the student’s development - from pre-schoolers to the budding ethnomusicologists. To this purpose, we will provide pre-consultation for your event and any materials needed (worksheets, preview readings or reading list, teaser-activities, lesson-plans, etc.) in order to incorporate classroom activities/discussion either as preview or reflection upon our performances.

To receive quotes and proposals, please fill out and submit the Booking form here.

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NYC Chinese Music Youth Award
DEADLINE: October 14, 2015
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Cultural Heritage Workshop
members of the Mencius Youth Orchestra perform on stage

Youth Orchestra performance

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In-House News

Sept 19, 2015

Mencius Youth Chinesse Orchestra (MYCO), our senior youth orchestra, performed at Staten Island's Snug Harbor for the mid-autumn fesitval on September 19, 2015. Stay tuned for more updates!


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