on April 12.2015. Education Division Director Charlin Chang also invited a native famous conductor Yunn-Shan Ma leading the Colleges Chorale and Cantori to perform some local Taiwanese folk songs too. This event had successfully attracted more than hundreds audiences attending.
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale is a mixed ensemble comprising the finest student vocal talent on the campus. The 35-voice group performs a wide range repertoire The Colleges Cantori is a select chamber vocal ensemble comprising members from the larger Colleges Chorale. The 18-voice Cantori performs a wide range of a cappella choral literature, including each year a new work by a different distinguished American composer for the Cantori Commissioning Project as a commitment to the fostering of American contemporary choral music.
Yunn-Shan Ma, a native of Taiwan, is active as a conductor, pianist and educator in both America and Asia. Ms. Ma is the current music director of the Taiwanese Choral Society of Rochester. She received the full scholarship for the doctorate study at the Eastman School of Music in 2011 under the tutelage of Dr. William Weinert and Neil Varon. While at Eastman, she has directed the New Horizons Chorus of the Eastman Community School, assisted the Eastman Opera and served as the instructor of the basic conducting labs. She is currently visiting teaching at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges for 2014-15 where she teaches music theory, conducting and leads the College Chorale, Cantori and the Woodwind Ensemble. With a passion for symphonic, operatic, choral-orchestral and contemporary repertoire, Ms. Ma has been selected to participate in distinguished competitions and master classes mentored by Helmuth Rilling, Mark Gibson, Donald Hunsberger, Johannes Schlaefli, Robert Page, Joseph Flummerfelt, Maurice Peress, and Donald Portney.
The Colleges Chorale not only holds a formal concert at the end of each term but also performs at a variety of campus events throughout the year. This year, the Colleges Chorale and Cantori are led by guest conductor, a Taiwan native, Yunn-Shan Ma. from Taiwan. For their Spring Tour 2015, they will hold concerts in Elmira, Bronx, Saratoga Springs, Albany, Rochester and New York City.
Ms. Ma expressed her appreciation of Director Chang’s invitation, “ Tt is such a huge honor to perform in TECO office, we really thank you Director Charlin’s invitation and her wonderful arrangement for us.” This concert was divided into 2 parts. The first half of the concert theme was “Light and Night” which includes a cappella works of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, larger-scaled orchestral-choral works of the Classical and Romantic periods, and contemporary compositions. The second half was” Music from Women Composers” which includes the famous religion pieces from Hildegard von Bingen. At the end of the show, the Colleges Chorale and Cantori also perform some local Taiwanese folk songs too, for example : “Longing for the Spring Breeze”, “Tambourin Chinois”, “Dalubaling”, and “ Diu Diu Dang Ah”. Meanwhile, there are some Taiwanese alumni the Eastman School of Music performing in the concerts as the special guests. They were soprano Hsin-mei(Tracy) Chang, violinist Chen-Han(Cliff) Tsai, and Pianist Yueh-Chen(Annie) Wang. Also Lai Yin Music Society in New York performed during the concert by singing local Taiwanese Songs.