Choral voice and cultural difference in practice as research

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Centre for Cultural Research and Development, Lingnan University

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Voice, Instrument and Cultural Difference : Musical Practice as Research

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3:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.


Online Session via Zoom


CCRD invites four distinguished Hong Kong-based speakers to share their personal journeys of experimentation with different kinds of musical practice, and to offer insights into ‘practice as research’ in music-making and performance. These diverse forms of practice as research involve voice talking to instrument, instrument reaching out to voice, and musicians being challenged by cultural difference viscerally experienced through language and melody.

In this session, John Winzenburg (Department of Music, HKBU) shares how he promotes Chinese choral music in dialogue with an international repertoire through Cantoria Hong Kong, the mixed choir that he established in 2009.



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John Winzenburg is Professor of Music and Associate Dean of Research at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he and his ensemble Cantoría Hong Kong have actively promoted Chinese choral music in dialogue with international repertoire since 2009. Winzenburg has performed and premiered a wide range of works at major venues in collaboration with prominent international ensembles, theatre companies, and festivals. His new CD Quotation of Queries: Choral Encounters of Hong Kong, China, and the Distant West with the Cantoria was released by Navona Records (PARMA) in April 2020.

Scholastically, Winzenburg’s research has focused on musical experimentation in pre-1949 Shanghai, hybridization and hybridity in Chinese-Western “fusion concertos,” and modern Chinese choral music. His international publications include the Journal of Musicological Research, Perspectives of New Music, Palgrave Macmillan, The University of Hawaii Press, The University of Michigan Press, Twentieth-Century China, Asian Music, CHIME, and the Journal of the Central Conservatory of Music. Winzenburg is the editor of the anthology Half Moon Rising: Choral Music from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan (Edition Peters, February 2015).

Recommended Citation

Winzenburg, J. (2021, April 16). Choral voice and cultural difference in practice as research [Video podcast]. Retrieved from