Studiorum 2014: Workshop with Tang Tien Ming

Choral Clinic and Music Analysis Workshop with Mr Tang Tien Ming

10 to 13 November 2014

In the first of edition of the Studiorum series, we invited renowned Taiwanese conductor Mr Tang Tien Ming to Singapore. Tang’s choirs have won top prizes in some of the world’s most competitive international music festivals. His recording with the Taipei Male Singers have also won nominations and awards from the Golden Melody Awards (金曲獎) for its outstanding artistry and classical vocal performance. The award winning conductor and jury member was in Singapore to conduct a choral clinic for school and community choirs and a workshop on choral music analysis for conductors, musicians and music students.

Tang Tien Ming 唐天鳴

Tang Tien Ming(唐天鳴)

Born in 1970 in Taipei, Tien-Ming TANG graduated from the Agricultural Economics Department of the National Taiwan University and got M.A. in the Music Department of the National Sun Yat-Sen University. He studied choral education under Professor Chia-Fen WON.

Tang founded the “Taipei Male Choir” in 1989, a group that has developed into a top male choir during his 19 years of directorship. At the 2002 Busan Choir Olympics held in Korea, the Taipei Male Choir won the gold and first prize in the Male Chamber Choir Category, as well as golden prizes in the Musica Sacra A Cappella and Folklore A Cappella categories. Tang was also awarded the Conductor’s Prize. In 2003, he led Taipei Male Choir to take part in the Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest in Japan and won two gold medals in Classical and Romantic, and Modern (includes Folklores) Categories.

In 2004, he participated in the Breman Choir Olympics in Germany with the Taipei Male Choir, and got the golden prize in the Male Chamber Choir Category, the golden prize in the Musica Sacra A Cappella and silver prize in Gospel and Spiritual. In 2005, Tang and his choir were invited to the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan for community concerts. In 2007, he led Taipei Male Choir again to take part in the 36th Florilege Vocal de Tours in France, and clinched first prize in the category for Equal-voice Choirs, second prize of Free Program, a prize for a First Production and Prize “A Coeur Joie International”.

Tang is an enthusiastic participant in national and international choral activities, having led his choirs on concert tours to China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as in France, Germany and Poland. In 2003, out of 48 choral conductors from 20 different nations, Tang was one of 12 specially selected choral conductors who participated in the finals of the International Competition for Choir Conductors “Mariele Ventre” in Bolonga Italy. In 2006, he was invited to the Europa Cantat to be the atelier conductor for Asian Music and was on jury for international choral competitions in Taiwan and Japan.

The Asia Pacific Cantat took place in Taiwan in 2007 where Tang not only served as the President of the Organising Committee but also sits on the Artistic Committee. In the same year, Tang was invited as guest conductor for several choirs in Malaysia and Singapore. In 2008, he produced an album “In Love with You” with Taipei Male Choir that garnered the “Best Performers of the Classical Album” prize in the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan.

Tien-Ming Tang also served as the conductor of other excellent choirs in Taiwan, such as Taipei Ladies’ Choir, Taipei Medical University Chorus, Soochow University Chorus, Yang Ming University Chorus. He has also lectured at the Music Department of National Sun Yat-Sen University. Tang is currently faculty member at the Mahidol University’s College of Music, in Bangkok, Thailand and is in his first year of study with the Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting.