Violist Wing Ho is First Class of ’57 Visiting Professor

Chinese musician and educator Wing Ho will be the first Class of ‘57 Visiting Professor of Music Education, serving in the 2008-2009 academic year.

Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music (YSM), announced Wing Ho’s appointment on the last day of the Musicathlon, a gathering of performers from 10 of the world’s most prestigious music conservatories, held July 9-24 in Beijing, China. The event was sponsored by Yale and Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM).

Wing Ho, who earned his master of music degree from the Yale School of Music in 1987, is currently chair of the viola department at CCOM.

This professorship is one of the major components of the endowment given to YSM by the Yale College Class of ‘57 to support public school music and the training of young artist teachers to help ensure the birthright of music for all children.

“The historic relationship between Yale and China, the exchange initiatives now underway in several New Haven public schools and China, and the YSM programs with both the Central and Shanghai conservatories make Wing Ho an ideal choice for this first of many prestigious appointments to the Class of ‘57 Professorship,” said Blocker. “Wing Ho also brings to Yale his experiences as a graduate student in the School of Music and his extensive work with primary and secondary students.”

At Yale, Wing Ho will work with public school teachers and interns in the schools and offer a class open to Yale College and graduate students that addresses pedagogy and philosophy of teaching.

Wing Ho is a noted educator, violist and conductor. He is professor of viola and chamber music, chair of the viola department, and artistic director and conductor of the National Prodigies Chamber Orchestra at CCOM. In addition, he is the conductor of several orchestras at the Renmin University School of the Arts, part of Beijing University, and at Beijing 101 High School. From 2000 to 2002, he served as principal of the CCOM’s Preparatory School.

While in the United States, he was director of instrumental music and conductor of the University Orchestra at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and taught at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. His extensive orchestral experience includes the Singapore, Akron, Canton (Ohio), Charleston and Savannah symphony orchestras, Ohio Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra New England, among others. He has edited 63 published works for viola, a “Viola Encyclopedia” and a handbook on music competitions. A graduate of Kent State University, Wing Ho earned a Master of Music degree from YSM, where he studied with Professor Jesse Levine.

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