The Chorus of Nanjing Youfu West Street Primary School
The Little Pines Choir of the Nanjing Youfu West Street Primary School in China was founded in 1950. By 2003, it was recognized as the premier chorus within the Nanjing student art organization. Currently, the Little Pines Choir consists of 68 permanent members and 32 alternates. The objective of the Choir is to help children appreciate arts and culture, develop their inherent artistic ability and contribute to a delightful childhood experience.
For more than half a century, the Little Pines children's choir has performed songs that represent the innocence of childhood and the beauty and harmony of nature. Its work is truly beloved by children as well as adults, and the choir has garnered much success and prestige within China and abroad.
The Little Pines Choir has enjoyed many unique artistic opportunities. It has taken part in the opening ceremony of China's 10th National Games, the first Chorus Festival for Teens, the Nanjing "Mansions Festival" youth symphony concert, and many other large-scale performances. In addition, members of the choir performed the song "Red Star" in the famous Chinese movie "Glittering Star."
Throughout the years, the Little Pines Choir has hosted many educational delegations from America, England, Japan, Australia and Singapore. Throughout its existence, the choir has created and performed many excellent works, such as: Every Morning is a Festival, I Love, River in the Forest, Wind in the Subway, and I Am a Little Citizen, winning many outstanding rewards and national recognition.
The Little Pines Choir has enriched the students' lives on many different levels - artistically, educationally and socially.
Ban JunRong obtained his BFA in Music from the Northwest Normal University in 1996. He continued his studies in harmonics and music theory at the School of Music at the Capital Normal University under the famous music educators, Professor Wang An Guo and Professor Cao Li, where he completed his graduate dissertation: "Harmonic Study of Schubert's Vocal Divertimento Trilogy."
After graduation, JunRong taught courses in Choral Music, Harmonics, Composition, Counterpoint, Music Form Analysis and Music History in the Music Department of Xuzhou Normal University and in Nanjing Ziaozhuang University. Furthermore, in 2003-2004 he taught in School of Music in Brandon University, Canada as an exchange professor.
He has compiled numerous honors and awards during his career, both for teaching and conducting.
Li Lingli is a member of the China Chorus Association and the Nanjing Musician Association. She is a professional member of the Bai Xia District Culture Center specializing in the field of vocal music and is also an experienced children's chorus master. She has a lot of experience popularizing choral scores and developing children's music.
Lingli was invited by the Nanjing Youfu West Street Primary School to be the chorus master of "Little Pines", which is the premier children chorus in Nanjing. Immediately after that, the "Little Pines" won Gold in the National Teenage Music Dance Contest; Silver at Fourth World Chorus Competition and the the gold award of the "five -star project" child's voice rewards. Furthermore, her choir won first place at the Jing Ling Chorus event and first prize at the Shanghai International Music Day.
Her graduate theses include: "The Training of Intonation in Chorus"; "Comment on the Significance of the Education of School Chorus"; and "Chorus Education and Quality Education."
F. Schubert: "Das Leben ist ein Traum"
K. Schiske: "Sieh nicht, was andere tun"
H. Zi: "Flowers are not meant to be Flowers"
T. Tianyao: "Each morning is a festival"
H. Peifeng: "Willow in spring"
L. Weidao: "Siyahamba"