Conducting - Musical Direction - Singing

Yajie is a versatile young conductor, PhD researcher under the supervision of Dr Amy Blier-Carruthers at King’s College London, and anMPhil researcher under the supervision of Professor John Butt and Dr David McGuinness at the University of Glasgow. She has presented her research at the EPARM Conference (Thailand), the RMA/BFE Research Students' Conference (Cambridge), the Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 (Birmingham), and Sphere of Singing (Glasgow).

During Yajie's undergraduate studies in Cardiff, she focused on vocal studies and composition while the pathway to becoming a conductor. She studied vocal performance with Pierre-Maurice Barlier (vocal tutor and French language coach of Cardiff University and RWCMD), conducting with Adrian Partington (artistic director of BBC NOW). Since 2019, Yajie has worked as a musical director at South China Normal University - College of Arts Choir, Cardiff University Bella Cantas, and Unison: Variety Singers. Currently, she is the music director of Pavilion Ensemble. In 2023, she is a Conducting Fellow with Cortona Sessions in Italy.

Yajie has a wealth of both choral and orchestral conducting experience across a wide range of repertoires. She has worked with various ensembles in workshops such as NEW Sinfonia, Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra, Derbyshire City & County Youth Wind Band, Gloucester Cathedral Choir (quintet), Royal Welsh College of Music Chamber Choir, and so forth. From conducting to composition to vocal facilitation, she has a detailed, systematic approach to every facet of her music, and is known for an optimistic, goal-oriented leadership presence that gives her fellow musicians confidence.

As a vocal soloist, Yajie has won a range of national and international vocal competitions in China. In Europe, she performs as the soloist at Point Art Troupe in prestigious venues such as Mairie du 13ème arrondissement de Paris, France. She is also a member of various top-quality choral ensembles in Britain, including the BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus, National Youth Choir of Scotland, and Edinburgh International Festival Chorus. As a choral singer, she was awarded the scholarship of Lanfine Choral Exhibitioner by the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir. Meanwhile, during her time at at UoG, she studied organ playing with Kevin Bowyer.


Choral Repertoire Conducted:

Althouse - The Water is wide (2011)
Bruckner – Locus iste (1869)
Byrd – Cibavit eos (1605)
Byrd – Venite comedite (1607)
Elgar – The Snow (1895)
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine (1865)
Gibbons – Almighty and Everlasting God (1641)
Greg Gilpin (arr.) - Last Christmas (1984) 
Ho – In One Accord
Imogen Holst (arr.) – The Leaves of Life (Trad. English, Roud 127)
John IV of Portugal (attributed) – Crux fidelis (1615)
Jones - All shall be well
Kathryn Cooper (arr.) – Leaves of Life Magnificat (Trad. English, Roud 127)
Mick Swithinbank (harm.), Comelive with me and be my love (17th-century)
McGrecgor - Love was his meaning
Morricone – Nella Fantasia (1998)
Monteverdi – Cantate Domino (1620)
Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus (1791)
Overington - I Believe
Poulenc – Salve Regina (1941)
Rachmaninov – Bogoroditse Devo (1915)
Rutter – A Clare Benediction(1998)
Schubert – Psalm 23, Gott is mein Hirt (1832)
Schütz – Psalm 100, ‘Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt’ (1619)
Stella spleneens from The Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (c.1399)
Stravinsky – Ave Maria (1934)
Tomkins – I heard a voice from heaven (1549)
Zhuo – As Pearls Fall (2022)

Instrumental Repertoire Conducted:

Beethoven – Symphony No.2 (1802)
Beethoven – Symphony No.6 (1808)
Brahms – Symphony No.2 in D (1877)
Britten – Simple Symphony (1934) for string orchestra
Debussy – Préludeà l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)
Fergal Carroll – Blackwater (2005) for symphonic wind orchestra
Gershwin — An American in Paris (1928)
Grieg – Holberg Suite (1884) for string orchestra
Matthew Wilder – ‘Honor to Us All’ and ‘Reflection’ from Hua Mulan (1998)
Mozart –Overture to Die Zauberflote (1791)
Mozart – Serenade in Eb, K375 (1781) for wind quintet
Schubert – Symphony No.5 (1816)
William Grant Still – Little Red Schoolhouse (1967) for wind band
Dvořák – Symphony No.8 (1890)
Other Repertoire Conducted:

R. VaughanWilliams — An Oxford Elegy (1949) for orchestra and chorus
Britten— The Turn of the Screw (1954)


Repertoire Performed:

Bellini — Il fervido desiderio
Bellini — L’abandono
Bellini — La Farfalletta
Bellini — Vaga luna che inargenti
Chiloct — Orpheus with his lute
Faure — Les Berceaux
Finzi — It was a lover and his lass
Gluck — O del mio dolce ardor
Handel — Che colpa e la mia from Flavio
Huang — A Glass of Wine
J. S. Bach — Erbarme dich, mein Gott
Mozart — An Chloe
Mozart — Deh vieni non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart — Non so Pitu coda son from Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart — Voi Che as pe te from Le Nozze di Figaro
Roussel — À un Jeune Gentilhomme
Roussel — Amoureux Séparés
Zhuo — Dream: Pavilion by the Water
Zi — Three Wishes of the Rose


Vois! De belles filles (2020) — for mixed choir, narraor, and percussion, 5'30''
Sigh no more (2021) — for solo Bb clarinet, 3'
Facades (2021) — for string quartet In two movements, 8'
Mendacity (2021) — for mezzo-soprano and instrument ensemble, 6'
Thoughts on a Silent Night (2022)for SATB choir and audience or choir SSAATTBB, 3'

Certificates, Scholarship and Rewards

- Conducting Fellowship at Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy), 2023

- Lanfine Choral Exhibitioner Scholarship awarded by University of Glasgow Chapel Choir, 2021

- First Prize choral director Award in the 9th Chorus Competition of South China Normal University, 2019

- Certificate of Directors Training Completion in Chicago Musical Theatre Centre Hong Kong Camp and Chicago International Youth Musical Theatre Camp in 2019

- Second Class Award in Special Theme (Operatic Aria) of Youth Class A in 2019 Hong Kong International Vocal Open Competition

- First Prize in the 4th Guangdong Province University Students’ Vocal Music Competition, 2018

- Gold Medal in Group B Youth Vocal Music Professionals of Guangdong Division in the 14th Chinese Arts Exhibition, 2017

- Second Prize in Vocal Music Competition of American California International Youth Arts Festival, 2017

- Awarded the Gold Medal in Piano Competition of National Final in ‘Chinese Dream’ National Arts Students’ Excellent Work Exhibition, 2014

- Awarded the Gold Medal in Piano Competition of ‘Zhong Yixing’ National Arts  Talents Education Results Exhibition, 2014

- Awarded the Second Prize in Group A Tchaikovsky of the 'Liszt Award' Hong KongInternational Piano Open Competition, 2014

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