On July 10th, China·Shanghai “Summer of Poly” Children’s Chorus Festival officially kicked off, featuring 15 children’s chorus teams from home and abroad. Among them, 8 choirs, including Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center from Poly Art Education gathered together in Jiading District to perform on the same stage with Norway chorus and some choruses from schools in Jiading. Over 800 chorus members took part in the event, sharing a joyous summertime together.
A seminar was held following the opening ceremony, themed on "Youth Art Education and Chorus". Views were shared on art education status and experience among choral leaders, conductors and experts from the industry, including Nils Hilde, chairman of the Norway National Chorus Federation; Lin Zhendi, a prominent conductor, expert and scholar of children's chorus, artistic director of Shanghai Media Group Little Star Art Troupe; Xi Heng, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission music teaching researcher, Outstanding Teacher, expert enrolled in the National Training Program of the Ministry of Education, member of Shanghai Musician Association, adjunct professor at Shanghai Normal University and Anhui Normal University; Zhang Rui, professor of the conductor department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and postgraduate supervisor, and others.