North American Guqin Association
New Guqin Plans for 2010 – Support NAGA Today!
Dear Qin Friends,
It is time to say farewell to 2009 and celebrate the start of 2010.
As director of the North American Guqin Association, I am very proud to share with you NAGA's great growth and unique programs of 2009. We are planning exciting new programs for 2010, and ask you consider making a donation to NAGA.
Highlights for 2009
NAGA commissioned a new work for guqin “From Beijing to San Francisco”, which was well received by both the Chinese and American communities. The president of the
2. NAGA presented its largest production so far, “Music of Confucius – Chinese Cultural Heritage Guqin Concert”. It involved over 50 performers and production staff. It featured many famous artists and combined the resources of several organizations and performance groups.
3. NAGA developed a new series of classes that combine poetry, song and guqin. Students not only learn how to play the guqin and sing ancient poems, but also learn standard Mandarin through these poems. Since this is a very creative, practical, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Chinese language and culture, NAGA was invited to give a presentation at the largest National Chinese Education Conference 2009.
4. With the help of a grant from ACTA, NAGA designed an Apprenticeship Program to support serious students who wish to deepen their understanding of the guqin as a step towards becoming scholars and teachers to pass the authentic guqin tradition down to the next generation.
5. NAGA hosted a series of guqin gatherings, guqin classes, presentations and lectures, including a lecture at the Center for Chinese Studies at the UC Berkeley by Professor Li Xiangting, and presentations to faculty members of San Mateo County Office of Education.
In order to continue to develop and expand on NAGA's dynamic artistic, cultural, community and educational programming, we need your help and support!
NAGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, I urge you, my qin friends, to take a moment to consider your year-end tax-deductible opportunities to donate to NAGA. Your support is very important to us, and your contribution, large or small, will certainly help NAGA with our programs for 2010.
Our plans for 2010
1. Develop a full version of “From Beijing to San Francisco” which will tour the country and eventually internationally.
2. Partner with local museums to develop a new production series ”Guqin, Beyond a Museum Piece” that include concerts, lectures, workshops, to reach different communities and diverse audiences.
3. Continue to develop further series of NAGA guqin classes, lectures, presentations and gatherings.
4. Continue our project to translate ancient guqin texts.
5. Design a web 2.0 version of the NAGA web site.
6. Several guqin video productions.
These plans need your support if they are to become a reality.
We also need your support for items such as video and audio equipment, lighting, stage props and costumes.
You can donate money or volunteer your time and talent for a specific project. Please send donations to:
North American Guqin Association, PO BOX 7113, Fremont, CA 94537-7113Or make your donation online at
I would like to thank our funders and donors in 2009: Alliance for California Traditional Art, Zellerbach Family Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, City of Milpitas, Meet the Composer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation,Arts Council Silicon Valley, CounterPULSE, The Patsy Lu Fund and Open Meadows, Shanghai Association of North California, and friends of the North American Guqin Association, especially Wang Zhirong, Yan Lange, E.Moy and K.Chu.
I would also like to thank all our individual supporters and volunteers, especially Sanford Tom, Lindy Mark, Yvonne Ng, Kwan Wong, Gigi Lam, Julian Joseph, Christopher Evans, Tinghua Zhang, Rose He, Xiaopei He Gelb, Diana Ding, Daniel Lin, Chin Lin, Heidi Pham, Peter Wu, Zhao Yan and others.
Thank you all for believing in what we do. We appreciate your commitment and look forward to having another successful year of programs and activities in 2010.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
North American Guqin Association