Student - March 21, 2018

Chinese singing competition comes to Wageningen

Cathy (Kexin) Chen

This weekend, twenty Chinese student singers from various Dutch universities will compete in the ‘Top 10 Vocal Singer Competition’. The first edition of the event will be held at WUR and has no less than four participants that study at WUR.

The event will take place on 24 March in the temporary Wisdom & Wonder Pavilion next to Orion. Starting time is 14:00. The participants, all Chinese, will compete in three rounds, bringing the number of singers down to ten, three, before finally choosing winner. A group of public judges, for which everyone could register, is going to assess their performance. The event is programmed to be bilingual, and both English and Chinese songs will be presented by the participants.

Out of the twenty participants, four are from Wageningen University (each is presented below). They are a bit nervous at the moment, but also very excited and confidently looking forward to the competition. All four WUR participants are competent vocal singers who have plenty of performing experience, so there is a significant chance that they will make it to the final round.

The event is organized by the Chinese Association of Students and Scholars in Wageningen (CASSW) and The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars in the Netherlands (ACSSNL). The two associations received support from the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy. With their support, the embassy hopes to promote and enhance the cross-cultural communication between Chinese students and other local & international students in the Netherlands.

Admission to attend the competition or even become a judge is free, but registration is appreciated. You can do that via the Facebook page of the CASSW. If you want to become a judge, you must register before midnight on Wednesday; if you simply want to attend, you have time until 10:00 on Friday.

The four Wageningen participants:

Le Fan (Environmental Sciences)
Specialisation: Ballad
Self-expectation: Make it to top 10

Senhao Wang (Urban Environmental Management)
Specialisation: Ballad
Self-expectation: Make it to the final round

Xintong Liu (Organic Agriculture)
Specialisation: Ballad in alto
Self-expectation: Reach the top 10

Yidan Wang (Plant Sciences)
Specialisation: Traditional Chinese songs
Self-expectation: At least make it to the second round