The Music Plays On
Following the signing, JHU
President William R. Brody shakes hands with Tan Chorh
Chuan, senior deputy president of the National University
of Singapore, while Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the
Peabody Institute, applauds.
Photo by Will Kirk /HIPS
When they met six years ago last week, the leaders of
Johns Hopkins and the National
University of Singapore inked an agreement that marked the
first collaboration of its kind between a
top American conservatory of music and a leading university
in the Asia Pacific region. The
establishment of the Yong Toh Conservatory of Music, in
collaboration with the Peabody Institute,
was envisioned as part of a broad strategy to position
Singapore as a global city with vibrant business,
science, technology and arts sectors.
On Nov. 27, Johns Hopkins President William R. Brody
and Tan Chorh Chuan, senior deputy
president of the National University of Singapore, met in
Peabody's Cohen Davison Theater to
ceremoniously sign a new agreement that will continue the
collaboration for five more years. The
effort, which began with assistance in curriculum design
and initial teaching and guidance, will provide
continued advising, the formation of a graduate program at
YST, work on a joint degree, an enhanced
exchange of students and faculty, and exploration of new
vistas in music and technology.
Her Excellency Chan Heng Chee, ambassador of the
Republic of Singapore, was guest of honor
at the event, whose attendees included, in addition to
Chuan, a five-person delegation from NUS; and,
from Johns Hopkins, Provost Kristina Johnson; Jeffrey
Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute;
Jim McGill, senior vice president for finance and
administration; and Stephen Dunham, general counsel.
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