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30th Annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Music Festival in Honor of Confucius! Placements for this year’s competition can be found here. Congratulatory messages for the Winners Concert program book is now available!


The Music Festival in Honor of Confucius introduces participants to the rich heritage of Chinese music through instrumental and vocal competitions and scholarship opportunities. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Confucius Competitions as the Chinese Fine Arts Society also celebrates its 30th anniversary. All competitions are held at the Merit School of Music, (38 S. Peoria Street) on Sunday, October 19 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The top scoring performers in each age category play in an annual Winners Concert at Gottlieb Hall in the Merit School of Music (38 S. Peoria Street) on Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 pm.

From a storefront operation at its inception in 1984, attracting just a handful of participants, the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competitions have become a popular annual musical event for musicians of all ages in Chicago.  Music teachers welcome it; young musicians look forward to participating in it; the packed audience at the Winners Concerts enjoy and appreciate it. Competition alumni have gone on to attend music conservatories and many have developed successful professional music careers.  Rachel Barton Pine, Conrad Tao and Claude Sim are all past Confucius Competition winners.

We want to hear from you!

Are you a teacher, parent, or alumni of MFHC? We want to hear YOUR stories! Send a short paragraph of your experiences, anecdotes, or just plain thoughts to We look forward to strengthening the legacy this year at the 30th annual MFHC with your voice and many others to come!

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Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 3.10.37 PMAutumn Moon Festival Gala 2014

Friday, September 12
6:30 pm
Pagoda Red
1714 N Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Inspired by the Legend of Chang’e, the Goddess on the Moon, the Autumn Moon Festival is the second grandest holiday with the Chinese diaspora after the Lunar New Year. On the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, families and loved ones come together to enjoy the harvest and to celebrate the moon, a symbol of unity. In honor of this occasion, the Chinese Fine Arts Society is proud to host the first Autumn Moon Festival Gala. Check out photos from the night, thanks for attending, and we hope to see you at our next fundraiser!

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Five Elements Project: Season Finale
November 14th at 7:30 pm
Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago


As you wait for the final installment of Five Elements, download a copy of the Fire and Metal program and check out pictures from the event below!

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The “Fire and Metal” concert is part of CFAS’ third annual Rhythms of China concerts at Millennium Park and will feature the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long’s “Fire” and “Metal” movements of Five Elements for Chamber, a CFAS original commission. Vivid and striking, the program is distinguished by the birdcalls of the suona, a woodwind instrument rarely seen in action outside of Asia and performed by world renowned multi-instrumentalist Yazhi Guo. Additional performers include Fifth House Ensemblepipa player and Silk Road Ensemble member Yang Weierhu player Tao He, guzheng player Yuqi Deng, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Qing Hou and pianist Amy Briggs.

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  • Who We Are

    Founded in 1984, The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) is the leading champion of Chinese arts and culture in Chicago – from traditional to contemporary. Our core programming consists of three general areas: Professional Concerts, Young Artist Development and Community Engagement. This year marks the 30th anniversary of CFAS since its founding by Barbara Tiao. For more information, please see our History page.
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    2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Fine Arts Society. We invite you to join CFAS in celebrating 30 years of unforgettable performances and innovative community programs in our 30x30 Challenge. We are thrilled that Dr. George Tiao has offered to match up to $30,000 in new or increased donations in honor of our milestone 30th anniversary season. There is truly no better time to make your support count in anticipation of our upcoming programs. More information here!
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