Dr. Mei Han, Director of the CCMC
Mei Han (Ph.D.): Associate Professor of School of Music and Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture at Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Han is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Chinese music. Her publications on Chinese music include journal articles, book chapter, and entries for The Groves Dictionary of Musical Instruments and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Her research interests expand to music of East Asia, the Chinese diaspora within North America, and contemporary music influenced by Asian philosophies.
Dr. Han founded/directed Chinese Music Ensembles at University of British Columbia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Kenyon College, Ohio. She has been working with students of all ages learning Chinese musical instruments and ensemble performance. She has been an adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver Canada for 8 years.
Dr. Han has lectured at universities and music institutes around the world. She received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (full scholarship for Doctoral degree), the highest awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the St. John Scholarship (for Master’s degree at UBC), awarded by St. John University (Shanghai) Alumni Association; and the Thelma Adamson Prize for the best student presentation, SEM Northwest Conference.
Dr. Han is an internationally claimed concert artist on the zheng (Chinese long zither), performing in a multitude of musical genres including traditional, contemporary, creative improvisation, electro-acoustic music (www. mei-han.com). She has toured to five continents and performed in prestigious venues and festivals. She received two Juno nominations (Canadian Music Award) and recorded eight solo and chamber music albums.
Dr. Han began to take music lessons at age of 10. She studied with zheng masters, such as Gao Zicheng (traditional) and Zhang Yan (contemporary) in China. She was a featured soloist for over 10 years with the Zhan You Ensemble, the prestigious ensemble of its type in China. Moving to international stages, she has played concerts in more than a dozen countries, including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC; the National Day Celebration in Ottawa; WOMAD festival in Australia and Singapore, and concerts in Germany, Holland, Japan, and Vietnam. She premiered the first original zheng concerto composed by non-Chinese composer (John Sharpley) with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, 2003.
Zhusong Du is a master of Chinese wind instruments, a professor at the Zhejiang Conservatory
of Music, the director of Bawu (double reed) and Hulusi (double reed) branches of
Chinese Folk Instruments Association, and director of the Zhejiang branch of the Chinese Musicians' Association. He is formerly the head of Instrumental Music Department and the director of the Music
College of Hangzhou Normal University. In 1992, Du was awarded first place in the
National Souna (double reed) Invitational Tournament, and in 1993 he became the first
student to double major in performance and composition at the Shanghai Conservatory
of Music. Du has since become a nationally recognized concert artist in China and
has toured internationally in over 20 different countries. In 2006, he was invited
to perform at the 61st anniversary celebration of the United Nations in New York and was named a Goodwill
Ambassador of Chinese Culture at this event. He was invited to perform and introduce
Chinese culture at renowned universities like Standford University, Columbia University,
and Princeton University. Professor Du is currently a visiting professor of Chinese
music at the MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture.
Yi Chen holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Shanghai Theatre Academy and worked in Hangzhou Normal
University as an Associate Professor. Her current research
focuses on the history of Hangzhou Opera and theater
education. Dr. Chen has won multiple grants for her research
including funding from China’s Ministry of Education and
Hangzhou’s Publicity Department of the Municipal
Committee. Between 2008 and 2010, she worked in the University of Chicago as a visitor scholar. Her most recent publication, A
Study on Hangzhou Opera from the Perspective of Ecology of
Folk Culture, was published September 2018 in China.
Anwei Wang is an undergraduate student in Music Education at Zhejiang Conservatory Of Music. A profficient zheng player, Anwei is the 2014 solo gold medal winner in the 2nd International
Youth Guzheng Competition, and the 2nd place winner of the Taizhou Instrumental Music
Competition. She has worked as an assistant music teacher at Taizhou High School,
and participated in the G20 summit.
Alex Carter (pictured on right) is a billboard-charting music producer and graduate assistant pursuing an M.F.A in Recording Arts and Technologies at MTSU. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in "Communication Through the Arts" in 2013. Carter is a classically trained pianist and percussionist, and formerly was the Director of Music at the Fisk University Memorial Chapel. He performed with the Vanderbilt Vortex Percussion ensemble between 2009-2013. He composes for piano, engineers and produces rock music, and owns www.acarterproduction.com. At the Center, Carter records audio/video shoots of CCMC concerts and performances. Expected graduation date: May 2019.
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