NYC Youth Award in Chinese Music

CALL FOR AUDITION: October 17 & 18, 2015

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For Chinese version

As part of our New York Chinese Music Heritage project, MSA is pleased to present a concert of the NY Youth Chinese Orchestra on Sunday November 29, 2015 at the Chinese Community Center. This concert will showcase recipients of the 9th Mencius Chinese Music Award 2014-15.

In partnership with the Center for Traditional Music & Dance, with direct funding of the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs and City Council Member Margerat Chin (thru’ DYCD), this concert will also kickoff the 10th Year NYC Youth Award in Chinese Music (YACM) now calling for new students to come forth to audition on October 17-18, 2015.  Under this program awardees will receive free lessons and practice sessions and partake in 1-2 public performances in one of the following traditional Chinese instruments: erhu (fiddle), yangqin (dulcimer), guzheng (zither), dizi (bamboo flute), liuqin /yueqin/pipa (Chinese guitars) and qiaojiyue (Chinese percussion). Running 15-18 weeks between Oct 2015 thru’ June 2016, the YACM will be granted in 2 categories:

i. The Novice Award (selected on the basis of merit & need): free lessons for deserving 7-14 year old NYC residents who have had no prior exposure to Chinese instruments

ii. The Orchestra Award: free supervised practice sessions for qualified NYC youth aged 9-26 years who have studied a Chinese instrument consistently for 8-72 months, has made commendable progress and show commitment to sustaining practice for years to come.

Awardees in the Novice Class will be issued instruments to practice at home; awardees in the Orchestra class will need rent or be expected to have their own instruments; orchestra awardees will be entitled to optional instrumental lessons at subsidized tuition rates. All award recipients will present 1 to 2 public performances through the year as a mark of accountability to funding agencies and the community.

Registration is now open at MSA office, 243 Grand St. 212-431-7373 and online
In-person registration is welcome at this Saturday’s concert: Sun 11/29/15. 12:00PM, Chinese Community Center, 62 Mott St. Email:

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NYC Chinese Music Youth Award
DEADLINE: October 14, 2015
Download application here

Cultural Heritage Workshop
members of the Mencius Youth Orchestra perform on stage

Youth Orchestra performance

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