William & Mary

Senior Champions learn about Chinese Music

  •  WMCI Volunteer Teacher Xiaojing Zou demonstrates proper musical technique on the Pipa, a lute-like instrument.  
  •  The Erhu, an ancient two-string Chinese instrument, is played by WMCI Volunteer Teacher Feng Wang.  
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Richard Boyden is the co-founder of the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, Inc. and a leader of the community. The Foundation stands to provide support to caregivers in the peninsula area. More information can be found at www.colonialheritagecommunityfoundation.org.

On May 12th, 2015, the Confucius Institute of the College of William and Mary partnered with the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, Inc. to present a performance of traditional Chinese music to the CHCF’s Innovative Senior Champions Program (ISCP), a pilot program that provides interactive adult day services for local community individuals. The presentation took place at the New Zion Baptist Church.

The music was performed on 2,000 year old instruments—the Erhu and the Pipa—by volunteer teachers from WMCI. Feng Wang demonstrated the proper technique of the Erhu, a two-string Chinese violin. Xiaojing Zou played the Pipa, which is similar to a lute, but with four strings. Zou and Wang, with the assistance of Ying Liu, Assistant Director of the Institute, then presented the Senior Champions with a more general presentation on Chinese music.

Afterwards, Bill Hansell, a local, certified Tai Chi practitioner, guided the Senior Champions through a Tai Chi exercise. Hansell has practiced the martial art for over 30 years, and focused this specific workshop on deep breathing and mental focus. The practice itself promotes balance, flexibility, and calmness in order to reduce stress.

This program is part of the ISCP effort to establish partnerships with colleges and universities and develop intergenerational activities for mutual benefit.

The ISCP is a program designed to provide adult day services for the family caregivers and those they care for. The ISCP currently has two locations: New Zion Baptist Church and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. For more information, please call Joan Bender at 757-345-6974.