Troy University faculty team visits China's premier music conservatory

Posted: Monday, 02 February 2009

TROY – A Troy University husband-and-wife faculty team is making musical overtures with Sichuan Conservatory in the People’s Republic of China.

Last semester, Dr. James and Ginger Zingara, both faculty members in the John M. Long School of Music, were invited to begin a dialogue for future collaborations and to guest lecture at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China – one the country’s premier schools of music.

“A focus of the visit was to begin a dialogue for possible future collaborations between the two schools which could include ensemble tour exchanges, sponsorship for visiting faculty, and study abroad opportunities for both Chinese and American students,” said Dr. James Zingara.

During the six-day visit, the Zingaras taught conducting classes to instrumental and vocal students, and Dr. Zingara presented five master classes and provided private lessons to the Conservatory’s 27-member trumpet studio.

In addition, Dr. Zingara performed a full recital of American music including a work by Troy University professor Dr. Carl Vollrath entitled “For the Mark of Time.” The recital was broadcast on local Chengdu television, a market of more 11 million people, covered on the local television news.

“It was truly a great honor to represent our city and our University by performing and teaching at the Conservatory,” said Ginger Zingara, a lecturer in the school music. “We formed many great friendships that will transcend the distance between our schools in the future.”

The Zingara’s visit was made possible through an invitation by Mr. Liu Shuang, a trumpet instructor at the Conservatory and a TROY graduate himself. Liu had attended TROY through the University’s Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program that partners with Chinese universities to bring students to the Troy Campus for sophomore and junior years of student. Funding for the trip was provided by Sichuan Conservatory and the University’s Chancellor’s Initiative program.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Troy University associate professor of music Dr. James Zingara performs on his trumpet during one of five master classes he taught at Sichuan Conservatory of Music last semester in Chengdu, China. (TROY photo)

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Troy University associate professor of music Dr. James Zingara teaches a private trumpet lesson to a student at Chengdu, China’s Sichuan Conservatory of Music, one of the leading music schools in the People’s Republic of China. (TROY photo)