The HPU International Vocal Ensemble and Chamber
Orchestra toured China this summer with a mission of creating
cross-cultural awareness through the sharing of music. Performing
with the choir and instrumental ensemble from China Agricultural
University, IVE and the Orchestra performed two concerts
in China’s capital, Beijing.
In addition to IVE and orchestra members, the approximately
50 HPU students and staff who journeyed to China included
Stern, director of Choral Activities and music instructor,
and Dr. Teresa McCreary, director of Instrumental Music Programs
and assistant professor of music. Support staff included Dr.
Jeffrey Philpott, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment
Management, and Dr. Les Correa, vice president of Institutional
Performance ensembles, like any team, profit from members getting
to know one another well,” said Stern. “This tour
allowed students to build strong peer relationships, adhere
to a rigorous tour schedule, perform at a professional level,
develop a positive attitude toward the challenges of international
The concert program featured American and Hawaiian
selections as well as pieces from Indonesia, Slovakia,
and Brazil, illustrating the diversity of the HPU student
Members also participated in exchanges with students
from the Beijing
Culinary School, the local Kung Fu School, and sixth
graders from a village school on the outskirts of Xi’an.
The HPU delegation visited the Great Wall of China, where students rode cable
cars up and then hiked down a four-mile section of the wall.
In Xi’an, they visited the site of the Terracotta Army at the Mausoleum
of the first Qin Emperor.
Other notable sites included the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen
Square, and the Forbidden City.
“ Our tour guides, from the Honolulu company Seawind Tours and Travel,
were savvy and knowledgeable,” said Stern. “Students learned much about the
historical sites they visited and gained insight into the daily lives of China’s
people. Overall, members of the tour grew academically, socially, and
professionally in experiences that can only be accomplished with this
kind of travel.”
Tang Dynasty Theatre, Xi’an, organized an acrobatic
dinner show for HPU delegates.
Sharky at Tiananmen Square with a portrait of Chairman Mao
in the background.
The Beijing Culinary School joins the visiting HPU delegates
for a group portrait.
All photos by or courtesy