SFGMS students made a strong showing at the International Folk Instrument Competition hosted by the Chinese Performing Artists of America (CPAA) on August 26, 2006.
Regina Ngo was awarded the Gold Prize in the guzheng competition, Virginia Yan took home a Bronze Prize, while Kim Tso, Celina To and Elsie Woo won Honor Prizes. At the end of the competition, the students absolutely charmed the audience with a stirring rendition of the popular Disney tune "It's a Small World." The audience was so entralled by the performance that they spontaneously clapped their hands and sang along with the students on stage. For their effort, the students were awarded the "Celebration Performance Excellence Award."
Founded in 1991, CPAA is a nonprofit organization based in the Silicon Valley. Each year they host many events such as Dance Talent, Martial Arts, Folk Instrument, Youth Painting, Ballroom Dance, and International Folk Instrument. There were more than 70 contestants this year, including some from as far away as Beijing, Singapore, and Taiwan. The distinguished panel of judges included Liu Wenjin (劉文金), composer, conductor, and Artistic Director of the China Opera Academy; Li Guanghua (李光華), Director of Instrumental Music at the China Central Music Institute; Qu Chunquan (瞿春泉), a conductor from Taiwan; and Zhan Yongming (詹永明), a dizi performer and educator from Singapore.