Past Events

January 23, 2023 - Lunar New Year Performance at the Discovery Center

Monday, January 23rd - 4:30pm - The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Join us at Discovery Center from 4 pm to 7 pm for their annual Lunar New Year free day! Learn, experience, and participate in the traditions of the Lunar New Year as we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. This will include a performance from the Chinese Music Ensemble from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

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November 18, 2022 - Chinese Music Ensemble Fall Concert

Friday, November 18th - 8pm - Hinton Hall

Chinese Music Ensemble Concert Poster

The Spring 2022 Chinese Ensemble

The Chinese Music Ensemble from Spring of 2022

You are invited to hear the MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble, joined by the Western Kentucky Chinese Music Club, perform its concert for the fall semester on Friday, November 18th at 8 pm in MTSU's Hinton Hall. This concert is part of MTSU’s International Education Week.

We are performing a variety of traditional and contemporary Chinese compositions and a bluegrass piece.

If you are unable to attend in person, we will also live stream our concert on the MTSU School of Music YouTube channel.

October 22, 2022 - 'Boro International Festival

Student Union Courtyard

A flyer for the 'Boro International Festival 2022

An event that brings together cultures from all across the world right into the heart of Murfreesboro with cultural events, booths from different countries, food vendors, and live music including a concert by the Chinese Music Ensemble, performing at noon.

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 September 29 - October 1 2022 - Convergence - A Festival Exploring Cross-Cultural Compositions

Dr. Haiqiong Deng


Thursday, September 29, 2022, 11:30am
Virtual Presentation on Zoom
Topic: Writing for the zheng and other Chinese instruments

Featured Guests: Chihchung Chi-Sun Lee, Composer; Sun Yue, Composer; Dr. Mei Han, Director MTSU 

Center for Chinese  Music and Culture & Performer; Dr. Haiqiong Deng, Performer; Kelly Corcoran, Conductor and Artistic Director, Intersection



Friday, September 30, 2022, 8pm
Free Performance With Scholarly and Cultural Context

Hosted by Dr. Mei Han

Hinton Hall, Wright Music Building
Poster for Convergence
Middle Tennessee State University



Saturday, October 1, 2022, 3pm
Family Friendly Ticketed Performance

Hosted by Kelly Corcoran & Dr. Mei Han

Casa Azafrán

2195 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN


CONVERGENCE is a three-day festival co-presented by Intersection and MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture that explores new sounds through cross-cultural compositions. The festival presents two concerts and a webinar workshop, featuring the zheng, a Chinese plucked long zither that has a history of over 2500 years. The guest performer, Dr. Haiqiong Deng, is one of the leading zheng artists known for her performance of challenging contemporary compositions. She will join Intersection musicians in performing two contemporary compositions written for her: Dots, Lines and Convergence, a zheng concerto written by Chihchung Chi-Sun Lee, and Moon Phase (world premiere) composed by Sun Yue.

The MTSU performance will integrate historic and cultural context into an academically influenced presentation, while the Nashville performance will be designed for families and audiences of all ages including some hands-on activities. The concerts will also include traditional works for zheng and other Chinese musical instruments. 

Taiwanese-American composer Chihchung Chi-Sun Lee received her doctoral degree in composition from the University of Michigan.  Her work Dots, Lines and Convergence, commissioned by the Harvard Fromm Foundation, presents distinct musical cultures that synthesize and “converge” in the final movement. Sun Yue, a Chinese-born composer who holds a doctoral degree in music composition from Florida State University composed Moon Phase specially for this Festival. 

Sun Yue writes of the work “The Moon represents powerful feminine energy, signifying wisdom, intuition, birth, death, reincarnation, and a spiritual connection. We long for its guidance, we look to it for peace, we crave its attention, we feel its power when it illuminates the night, whining upon us.”


Chihchung Chi-Sun Lee - Dots, Lines and Convergence 
Sun Yue - Moon Phase for Zheng and 5 instruments **WORLD PREMIERE
Additional Repertoire for Solo Qin, Yangqin, Zheng and Zheng duet


Kelly Corcoran, conductor
Dr. Haiqiong Deng, zheng
Dr. Mei Han, zheng
Celine Thackston, flute
Todd Waldecker, clarinet
TBA, percussion
Esther Sanders, violin
Melissa Bull, violin
Sarah Cote, viola
Meghan Berindean, cello
Sarah Ransom, bass

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Weekdays 9:00 am -3:00 pm.

Physical location:
503A Bell Street, Suite 1600, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Andrew Woodfin Miller, Sr. Education Center

Mailing address:
MTSU Box 168
1301 E Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001