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The National Youth Orchestra of China: A Look at 2019 and Beyond

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Time and Location

Wednesday, March 27

6:30-7:00 pm
Remarks & Performance
7:00-7:55 pm
Q & A and Networking
7:55-8:30 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

RMB 20 for students; RMB 60 for Yale alumni; RMB 80 for others.
Walk-ins are not accepted.
Click HERE to register
Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.


Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Event

On March 27, Robert Blocker, the Henry and Lucy Dean of Music at Yale University, and Vincent Accettola, Managing Director of the National Youth Orchestra of China, will host a discussion about the present and future of NYO-China. The audience will also have the privilege of listening to chamber performances from alumni of the ensemble, as well as learn about the incoming Class of 2019.


The language of the event will be English.

The Speakers

YCB20190327_Robert Blocker

Dr. Robert Blocker
Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music, Yale University; Senior Advisor, National Youth Orchestra of China

An internationally-renowned pianist, educator, and administrator, Robert Blocker has served as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University since 1995. During his tenure, he has been active throughout the world in promoting music and the arts, including and especially in China. As a senior advisor for NYO-China, he has been instrumental in helping the organization develop partners within the classical music community. In 2006, Dr. Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

YCB20190327_Vincent Accettola

Vincent Accettola’16 BS
Managing Director, National Youth Orchestra of China

A recent graduate of Yale University (’16 BS) and Harvard University (’17 EdM), Vincent Accettola has served as the Managing Director of the National Youth Orchestra of China since its launch in 2017. In that capacity, he is responsible for articulating and preserving the mission of NYO-China, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization. In 2015, Vincent was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of education for New Jersey’s largest regional high school district.

YCB20190327_Guang Chen

Guang Chen
NYO-China Teaching Artist, Trumpet Professor of Trumpet,Central Conservatory of Music

Guang Chen is a Professor of Trumpet at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Executive Director of China’s Orchestra Academy, the Visiting Principal Trumpeter of the China National Symphony Orchestra, and a Teaching Artist for the National Youth Orchestra of China. Since graduating from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Guang Chen has performed with numerous acclaimed orchestras, including the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Ballet of China. He was also named by CCTV as one of the “Top Ten Trumpeters in China.”


  • Speech – Introduction | Robert Blocker
  • Performance 1 | BACH Unaccompanied Suite No. 3 | Yuanyujie Zhu
  • Video – NYO-China: A Retrospective
  • Speech – NYO-China’s 2019 Season | Vincent Accettola
  • Video - 2019 Admissions Overview
  • Accepted Students Announcement: Part 1
  • Performance 2 | HANDEL-HALVORSEN Passacaglia for Two Violins | Hanyu Feng & Shiman Yu
  • Speech – A Student’s Perspective | Hanyu Feng OR Shiman Yu
  • Speech – A Teacher’s Perspective | Guang Chen
  • Accepted Students Announcement: Part 2
  • Speech – Honoring Linda He | Robert Blocker
  • Speech – Creating a Sustainable NYO-China | Vincent Accettola
  • Accepted Students Announcement: Part 3
  • Performance 3 | HAYDEN String Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 “The Joke” | Hanbo Wang
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