The global language: music
EEPster sings with the Los Angeles ChildrenÂs ChorusÂ Concert Choir in South Africa
Yulan Lin touring Cape Point, on a peninsula near the southwestern tip of Africa.
Yulan Lin with kitchen staff at a hostel in Grahamstown, South Africa.
With whooping, hollering and enthusiastic audience applause, Yulan Lin felt like a rock star during her 18-day South Africa tour with the Los Angeles ChildrenÂs ChorusÂ Concert Choir this past summer.
ÂEveryone welcomed us and our music with amazing warmth during our performances,Â exclaimed Lin, a music and chemistry double major at Cal State L.A.
Lin and the 60-member ensemble participated in the National Arts Festival as well as the Ihlombe! Choral Festival. Venues ranged from schools to sacred grounds throughout South Africa. Sharing cultural exchange with songs and workshops, they also performed individually as well as with choirs from all over the world. The concerts featured an international mix of classical, folk and contemporary works.
ÂMy experience in South Africa was amazing,Â said Lin. ÂOne thing in particular that struck me was that everyone spoke the language of music. No matter where we wereÂsinging for kitchen staff at a hostel or children in the Gugulethu TownshipÂalmost everyone sang along, and they were polite and friendly.Â
According to a South AfricaÂs Cue newspaper music critic, ÂThroughout their performance, perfectly proportioned textural balance mingled with flawlessly merged overtones, evenly produced vocal tone, and gloriously positioned head voice soundsÂ This choir impressed with their disciplined response and professional demeanor.Â
Now in its 26th season, the Los Angeles ChildrenÂs ChorusÂdirected by Anne TomlinsonÂprovides choral music education of the highest quality to young people who represent diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Lin has been a member of the chorus, the concert choir and the chamber singers for approximately seven years.
Lin added, ÂA memorable moment was at a restaurant when staff came out and sang ÂHappy BirthdayÂ to some of our choir members, and it turned into a dance party unlike any IÂve ever seen. The only music was voices and hand drums. Even though we didnÂt know the songs or what the words meant, we were singing along and dancing just the same.Â
Lin, 16, was admitted to CSULA through the Early Entrance Program (EEP). The programÂhoused under the auspices of the Honors CollegeÂis specifically designed to permit young, highly gifted students to enroll at the University as full-time students. Two additional members of the chorus are EEP alums: Chris Chien and Lea Urpa.
At CSULA, Lin is also serving as president of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club for two terms. She was also secretary of the EEP Club last year and is an academic chair this year. Currently, she is conducting research in the lab of Professor Yong Ba at CSULA, collaborating with Julie Kornfield of Caltech. Earlier this year, she sang in the L.A. Philharmonic performance of ÂSymphony of a ThousandÂ from MahlerÂs 8th Symphony, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
ÂExtraordinary in the arts, sciences, leadership and character, Yulan is the type of future scholar who will move the nation and our world forward,Â said EEP Director Richard Maddox. ÂShe is a kind person with a brilliant mind who has contributed mightily to the program and the University.Â
In addition to her goal to become a chemistry professor, Lin hopes to establish a choir school for girls on par with the Drakensberg BoysÂ Choir and the Vienna Boy Choir.
ÂThere is really no opportunity equivalent to these two choirs for young girls who love to sing,Â said Lin. ÂAlso, I would like to be a music conductor, as it combines my passions for music, teaching and languages, and is something I really enjoy.Â
Find out more at the following links:
- Los Angeles ChildrenÂs Chorus:
- ÂLos Angeles ChildrenÂs ChorusÂ voices reach Âround the worldÂ (L.A. Times):
- ÂChildrenÂs ChorusÂ (Cue News):
- Early Entrance Program at CSULA:
- Honors College at CSULA:
- Music, Theatre and Dance Department at CSULA:
- Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at CSULA: