MSU-China Collaboration

MSU-China Vocal Collaboration, a non-credit immersion program for international experience.

Since 2005, more than 90 MSU vocal students have collaborated with choral students, artists and producers from China in an intense three-week experience that involves international music performance, travel and culture.

The MSU-China Vocal Collaboration allows American and Chinese voice students to spend time in both countries performing and learning about one another’s music. Born from a friendship between Richard Fracker, MSU professor of voice, and Haijing Fu at the Metropolitan Opera, the program fosters musical excellence and cultural understanding while teaching students to navigate the challenges of international performance and production.

College of Music students collaborate with students from the China Conservatory of Music and the Tiajin Conservatory of Music on dynamic performances of Western and Chinese operas, as well as traditional Chinese and American song. Performances take place at premiere opera venues in China, at MSU recital halls and performing art centers, and at choral leadership conferences and events across Michigan. 

Over the years, students have competed at various international competitions, garnering the grand prize at the 2011 Fifth International Student Opera Competition in Tianjin, China. Large-scale collaborations are also in the works to correspond with MSU's Year of China in 2015. 

The MSU China Vocal Collaboration takes place in early to mid-October with auditions conducted in the spring. Selected ensemble members commit to learning music over the summer and to a preparation period in the fall. 

For more information, email program leader Richard Fracker