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Introduction of the Composition Department
Updated: 2021-05-28 17:17:11

    On the 80th anniversary of the founding of Shenyang Conservatory of Music

    The 7th Sino-foreign Music and Cultural Exchange Exhibition "Sound Motion" Concert by the Carousel Choir of the Composition Department

    The vocal music suite "Song of Revitalization" created by the teachers of the Composition Department

    The large-scale suite of songs "Singing New Era" concert created by the teachers of the Composition Department

    The symphonic sound painting "Me and My Motherland" concert created by the Composition Department to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China

    Symposium for alumni of the Composition Department of Shenyang Conservatory of Music for the 80th anniversary

As an important part of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, founded by the Chinese Communist Party, the Composition Department has the longest history and deepest tradition. Its predecessor can be traced back to the establishment of Lu Xun Academy of Art and Literature in Yan’an, the sacred place for the revolution, in April 1938 (i.e. "Yan’an Lu Yi"). On the basis of the traditions laid down by Xian xinghai, Lv ji and other teachers and students of the Music Department of Lu Xun Academy of Arts and Literature in Yan’an, and inherited by the "Northeast Lu Xun Academy of Literature and Arts" (i.e. "Northeast Lu Yi"), the Northeast Music Academy and the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, the Composition Department has gradually established its own distinctive teaching orientation, creative taste and cultural orientation after a series of important historical stages, such as the Anti-Japanese War, the Liberation War, the Socialist Construction and the Reform and Opening-up period, paying attention to both practical innovation and theoretical enhancement, and has also become an academic community that integrates teaching and research on folk music composition with research on the transformation of international music theory.

Since 1938, when the Music Department in Lu Xun Academy of Arts was established in Yan’an, the major of composition sprang to frame. Lv Ji, Xian Xinghai, Xiang Yu and other composers, successively serving as the director and deputy director of the Music Department, regarded music creation and the cultivation of creative talents as the primary task of the Music Department, as well as setting up a senior composition and conducting class in the department. In October 1940, the Music Department in Yan’an Lu Yi set up a composition group among students in the fourth session. The Composition Department was established as an independent department in November 1951 (during the period of the Northeast Music College), with Ding Ming as the first head of the department. In the following years, Huo Cunhui, Zh u Feng, Ming Ge, Qin Yongcheng, Xue Jinyan, Xu Zhanhai, Fan Zheming, Cao Jiayun, Liu Hui successively succeeded the head of the department. The current head of the Composition Department is Wu Jixue, the secretary of the General Party Branch is Lu Miao and the deputy secretary is Gao Ying.

In its nearly 70 years of teaching activities, the Composition Department has always embodied the spiritual connotation of the "Lu Yi" tradition in its mission, insisting on the prosperity of the Chinese nation’s music industry and the socialist construction, and cultivating music composers celebrated for the new era. Since the establishment of the conservatory, the composition major has been training music composition and music theory talents for the prosperity of Chinese folk music, and has trained a large number of music composition, music theory and conducting talents for the country, and many graduates have become the backbones of various music colleges, music research institutions and music performance groups in China. In different historical periods, the famous musicians and leading figures in the music world have always included the graduates of Shenyang Conservatory of Music Composition Department.

The Composition Department now has four major fields: Composition and Technical Theory of Composition, Recording Art, Conducting, and Solfeggio. There are 47 full-time teachers, including 14 with the title of professor and 10 with the title of associate professor, 6 have doctoral degrees and 8 have studied in the United States, Hungary, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, and Australia.

The Composition Department is one of the key majors of Shenyang Conservatory of Music and one of the influential disciplines in China. In recent years, many works composed by the teachers of the Composition Department have won the "Five Top Project Award" of the Ministry of Propaganda, the "Wenhua Music Composition Award" of the Ministry of Culture, the "Golden Bell Award" of the China Music Association, and the Grand prize of international composition competitions. Many teachers have won national and provincial "Teaching Achievement Awards", and many courses have been listed as provincial and college-level "High-quality Courses". Many faculty members have been awarded as the leading professional teachers of the provincial higher education institutions and provincial teaching teachers. The Composition Department has been awarded the title of "Advanced Collective" by the province and city for many times, and the major Composition and Technical Theory of Composition has been approved as a national characteristic construction point, a national first-class undergraduate professional construction point, a demonstration major in Liaoning Province, a provincial comprehensive reform experimental major, a provincial key construction discipline, and a provincial excellent teaching team. So far, the Composition Department has formed two levels of teaching, undergraduates and postgraduates, and has formed a set of complete teaching system with certain characteristics, which is a professional discipline with considerable influence in China.

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