ENSEMBLES 2013

High School Attached to Shanghai Normal University

Band of High School Affiliated to Shanghai Normal University

 

Under the guidance of the school’s running concept “ensure every student of full and harmonious development”, the Band of High School Attached to Shanghai Normal University was formally established in September 2000.
Over the past decade, they have endured great hardships and grown continuously.
The band has engaged the renowned conductor Mr. Yu Xianming to be the adjunct professor, art director and chief conductor. Mr. Yu Xianming---a member of the Chinese Musicians Association, the Baosteel Elegant Art Prize winner and one of Shanghai Outstanding Art Educators. In the long-term artistic practice, Mr. Yu has been paying attention to training the students to play wind instruments in a symphonic style. By virtue of his keen sense of hearing and tension-rich musicality, the texture layers of each piece are highlighted exceptionally clear. Over the years, Mr. Yu has been responsible for training the orchestras of primary and secondary schools and universities, which have won the gold medal and first prize in various competitions.
In order to improve the professional competence of the band, external professionals are invited to guide the training of each vocal part while a rehearsal is organized in the elective class on Thursdays and Sunday evenings, which benefits each member of the band a lot.
Though a rookie as a school band in Shanghai, in more than a decade, this new force has risen with impressive results.
In July 2005, attended the 4th Shanghai Art Festival and won the first prize for Western musical instruments;
In July 2005, participated in the "05 the Netherlands International Band Festival Competition” and won the gold medal in B group, conductor Yu Xianming the "Best Conductor";
In 2005, named "Non-professional Elite Band" by Shanghai Media Group (SMG);
In 2006, won the first prize in the 2nd National Primary and Secondary School Art Competition for Western instrumental performances (Shanghai Division);
In 2007, won the first prize for Western instruments in Shanghai Students Music Festival; In February 2007, held the special New Year concert at the Oriental Art Center and gor praise from the experts;
In July 2008, went to Japan for a nine-day cultural exchange and performed on the same stage with three secondary schools in Ainan as well as Nanyuhe High School in Ehime. The local television stations and newspapers specifically reported that and praised the excellent performance of our school band;
In the college entrance examination of 2008, five students of the band were admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with honors;
In 2009, won the first prize in the 3rd National Primary and Secondary School Art Competition for Western instrumental performances (Shanghai Division);
In 2010, attended Idaho International Dance Music and Arts Festival in the United States and won the Best Performance Award;
In 2011, won the first prize in the Shanghai Music Festival for Western special concert;
In 2012, participated in Western instrumental performances in the 4th National Primary and Secondary School Art Competition (Shanghai Division);
In February 2012, successfully held the "enjoy the decade" new year concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall;

In the face of future, they believe: the path of art and life will be wider.

 

 

Yu Xianming

Yu Xianming

Conductor

Mr. Yu Xianming, a member of the Chinese Musicians Association, director of China Wind Music Society, Baosteel Elegant Art prize winner and one of Shanghai Outstanding Art Educators. He once learned from the renowned conductor and music educators in China, Mr. Ma Geshun, Mr. Huang Yijun, Mr. Huang Xiaotong, and Professor Cao Peng. Mr. Yu has been paying attention to training the students to play wind instruments in a symphonic style. By virtue of his keen sense of hearing and tension-rich musicality, the texture layers of each piece are highlighted exceptionally clear. In the artistic practice, according to the different characteristics and levels of student bands, he has allocated more than 80 pieces of wind music, which began to be adopted by the student orchestras in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea and other countries.

Mr. Yu Xianming acts as the adjunct professor, art director and principal conductor in a number of school bands of primary and secondary schools and universities, and has guided students to win the gold medal and first prize in various competitions. In July 2005 he led the Band of High School Affiliated to Shanghai Normal University in the Netherlands International Band Festival Competition, won the "Best Conductor", and was called "a conductor who knows well how to play wind instruments" by the judges. In July 2008 Mr. Yu led the Band of High School Attached to Shanghai Normal University to Japan to perform on the same stage with the local students, which was highly praised by the local media. The well-known conductor, Prof. Angelo Mato from Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, gave a high evaluation to both the performances and the conductor after the exchange performance.

 

 

Competition Program

 

Xian Xinghai (1904 - 1945)   Protecting the Yellow River
Brian Balmages   Arabian Dances
Alfred Reed (1921 - 2005)   A festive Overture

 

 

Additional Concerts Program

 

Xian Xinghai (1904 - 1945)   Protecting the Yellow River
Brian Balmages   Arabian Dances
Alfred Reed (1921 - 2005)   A festive Overture
Liu Qianyu   The Story of Susan
Dmitri Shostakovich
(1906 - 1975)
  Folk Dances
N. J. Zlvkovic   Three in one
Charles Michiels   Magic of Ballet
Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)   Romeo and Juliet
Kuhlau (1786 - 1832)   Rondo
James Syler   Galop
Paul Lavender   Tequila
Paul Lincke   Berliner Luft