About the Founders

“Ni Hao! I SING BEIJING is a wonderfully exciting and pioneering program. The exchange of musical culture and languages and the need for greater collaboration between the East and West reflect a current trend and development of operatic art. I am confident that the young singers from the United States will grow through their learning experience in
 I SING BEIJING and will bring Mandarin as a lyric language far and wide across the world’s operatic stages.”

Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban,
Chief Executive of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters

Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters

Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters is the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China. Hanban is committed to making the Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services available to the world, to meeting the demands of overseas Chinese learners to the utmost, to contributing to the formation of a world of cultural diversity and harmony.

Through the joint efforts of China and the Confucius Institute host countries, as well as the enthusiasm and active support of people all over the world, by the end of 2012 there will be 400 Confucius Institutes and 500 Confucius Classrooms established in 108 countries.

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Asian Performing Arts Council

Asian Performing Arts Council (APAC), also known as Asian Performing Arts of Colorado, was established in 1986 as a non-profit organization to foster cultural exchange between the United States and Asia, particularly China. In over two decades, APAC has organized countless gala concerts, recitals, community outreaches, exhibitions, TV and radio programs, and other events reaching numerous audiences in both the United States and China.

Asian Performing Arts Education (APAE) has operated under the aegis of APAC and assisted over 100 Chinese performing artists from all disciplines – instrumentalists, composers, singers, dancers or traditional Chinese musicians – in their training and career development. In China, APAE has organized and sponsored master classes by experts from major houses such as the Metropolitan Opera.

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About Our Host

Our host for I SING BEIJING will be the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) located in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. UIBE is one of the most sought-after academic institutions in China, a place of study for China's most talented students with an enrollment of more than 11,000 students coming from over 102 countries in the world.

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