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Migratory Journeys


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Migratory Journeys

The International Music Composition Competition: Migratory Journeys announced its Call for Entries in April 2010 and culminated with the Migratory Journeys: Concert Series in Chicago in 2012.

Composers throughout the world were invited to participate by creating original music inspired by the wandering, resettling, and emigration of Chinese diaspora population through the world.


The Migratory Journeys advisory panel included:

  • Sophia Wong Boccio, Fulcrum Point New Music Project Executive Director
  • Seth Boustead, Accessible New Music Executive Director
  • Henry Fogel, Dean of the Chicago College for the Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
  • Rachel Barton Pine, violinist


First Place – Daniel Lo (Hong Kong), Sojourner’s Song for pipa, flute, contrabass, piano and percussion

Second PlaceTonia Ko (Hong Kong/Hawaii, USA/Indiana, USA), Moon Lullaby for oboe, vibraphone and string trio

Third PlaceChen Yao (Guangzhou, China/Illinois, USA), Yearning for Chinese zheng and double bass

Honorable mentions were also awarded to composers H.E. Cicada Brokaw (North Carolina, USA), Dic-Lun Fung (Hong Kong), Bin Li (Fuzhou, China/Indiana, USA) and Kerwin Young (Missouri, USA).

A Special Mention is awarded to 14 year old Le Yan Zhang (Shanghai, China) for her composition, Spring Frolic for erhu and Chinese percussion.


Third Place – Liu Hao (Shanghai, China), Limpid Eyes Image for Chinese zheng, two Chinese dizi, piano and cello. First and Second Place prizes were not awarded in the professional division.

Read more about each of the composers…

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