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February 6, 2006

Birmingham-Southern College to welcome visitors from Chinese conservatory of music, explore possible exchange program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—About 22 members of the faculty and administration of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China, will be on the Birmingham-Southern campus Feb. 14.

The two institutions are exploring the possibility of a cooperative exchange program which is under consideration that would involve faculty, students, and performances. The group will spend approximately three hours touring the campus, observing fine and performing arts classes, and visiting with college administrators and faculty.

The visit is a result of a relationship created between the conservatory and Birmingham-Southern Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence William DeVan, who taught and performed last summer at the Shenyang Conservatory in China. DeVan, a Steinway artist, has been invited to teach there again this summer.

While in China, DeVan played concerts in the music conservatories of Chengdu, Shenyang, and Xiamen. He also gave a master class in each conservatory, teaching students ranging in age from 13 to 25.

DeVan will travel to Xiamen, China, March 27 to April 8. He has been invited to perform and teach in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Xiamen Conservatory.

A native of Pine Hill, Ala., DeVan received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School. He has been teaching at Birmingham-Southern for more than 25 years.

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