Founded in 1984 under the guidance and inspiration of the late conductor and tenor Chongmao Zhu, Chinese Musical Arts, Inc. (CMA), doing business as Haiyun Chorus, has been a New York State registered not-for-profit organization for the past 30 years, Its goal is to introduce the Chinese vocal music to the audience of New York metropolitan areas
and, through various performances and vocal renditions, to create a better understanding of the Chinese culture, arts, and tradition.
In the years of its operation, CMA has invited renowned Chinese-American musical professionals as its artistic directors, conductors, vocal instructors and piano accompanists, including the late artist Chongmao Zhu, Dame Yayu Khoe, Chunhe Zhang, Xufeng Liu, Shuang Guo and our piano accompanist Helen Ye and Dihua Lin. The members of the chorus regularly receive trainings and rehearsals, offering recitals internally and externally. CMA thrives with activities and achieves very high standards in each performance. CMA has received positive comments from the public and artistic commentators.
Our concerts are diversified with a vaiety of artistic forms, which include choral concerts, solo recitals, vocal chamber concerts, open-house student recitals, and musical serminars. The performances range from chorus ensembles, duets,trios to quartets. CMA’s major past performances are, to name a few, the premiere performance of the “The Yellow River Cantata” in Northeast U.S. at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, “Phillip Wu Vocal Recital” in Merkin Concert Hall, “The Happy Gathering” in weill Recital Hall, “Mulan” at Lincoln Center and gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at United Nations General Assembly and various other performances at public libraries in the metropolitan New York areas and
other music halls.
In addition, CMA performs many free community concerts year round for charity, public welfare, and other themes.It participated in “The Asian-Pacific Festival” at Lincoln Center and presented the disaster relief concert for Taiwan Earthquake, the fund-raising concert for the ” 9.11 ” victims and their families and early in 2005, for the Asian Tsunami relief.
CMA is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts and, in the part, the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs, for its efforts to promote Chinese vocal music and it is also highly recognized by the public.