Wing Ho Named as First Class of ’57 Visiting Professor of Musical Education

Professor Ho, left, and Dean Blocker in Beijing

Robert Blocker, dean of Yale’s School of Music, has announced the appointment of Wing Ho as the first Class of ’57 Visiting Professor of Music Education at Yale. Dean Blocker joined Ho in Beijing for the announcement in July, on the last day of the historic Musicathlon—a gathering of performers from ten of the world’s most prestigious music conservatories—sponsored by Yale and Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM). Ho, who earned his master of music degree from the Yale School of Music in 1987, is currently chair of the viola department at the Central Conservatory of Music.

This professorship is one of three primary components of the endowment given by the Yale College Class of ’57 to support public school music and the training of young artist teachers who will help ensure the birthright of music for all children. The appointment begins September 1, 2008, and concludes on May 31, 2009.

“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 Dean 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 Professor 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.

Ho is a prominent 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 the Central Conservatory of Music. In additional, he is conductor of several orchestras at the Renmin University School of the Arts, Beijing University, and 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. Wing Ho earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Kent State University and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Jesse Levine.

(September 15, 2008)

September 15, 2008