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Carleton Macy

Artistic Director / Conductor

Dr. Carleton Macy is a professor of Music at Macalester College since 1978. He teaches music theory, compositions and music education, and also directs the Jazz band, the Collegium Musicum, and the New Music Ensemble. Dr. Macy has an active interest in non-Western music and currently conducts and performs with the Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble. He has studied with William Bergsma, Robert Suderberg, and Donald Michalsky. His compositions have been performed at national festival and locally in the Twin Cities area by ensembles such as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Dale Warland Singers. Three woodwind quintets have received special recognition at national symposia for new woodwind quintet music, and other compositions of his have won prizes as well. His compositions have been recorded on the Minnesota Composers Forum Innova series and on Access Records.



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Zhang Ying

Composer / Conductor

Zhang Ying plays traditional Chinese folk music on eleven different traditional woodwind instruments. He is equally accomplished as a composer, having premiered more than twenty compositions with the Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble since his arrival in the United States in 1993.  In the People's Republic of China, his 200+ compositions have won over 40 awards.  He has studied with some of China's greatest musicians, notably Feng Zi-Cun on flute, Shen Wu-Jun for conducting and Luo Zhong-Rong for composition. 

Zhang Ying has toured the United States, China, South East Asia, Russia and Europe, and has been the recipient of several awards, including Bush Artist Fellowship, McKnight Composer's Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship etc.

His recently released CDs include :

"Stone Cloud Water - Chinese Meditations on American Landscapes"   1998

"Ancient Music of China's Dragons"  2001

"Ancient Journeys"   2003



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Charlotte King

Founder / President

Ms. Charlotte King is the founder and current president of the Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble.   She has been an active officer member and one of the principal zheng players since the ensemble was founded in 1987and she coordinates all ensemble performances. Ms. King received the 1990 Governor's Commendation Award for community service in the arts. 


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Pei Ju Liu-Picard

Treasurer  / Principal Musician

Ms. Pei Ju Liu-Picard has been an active member of the Ensemble since 1990.   She helps coordinate ensemble fund raising activities and is a principle percussionist for the Ensemble.   Ms. Liu-Picard also plays several other stringed and plucked instruments and performs with the Ensemble frequently.


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Stephanie Vinger

Vice President / Principal Musician

Ms. Stephanie Vinger has been an active member with the Ensemble since 1992.   She is the principal Yang Ching player and has done various recording work for composer Zhang Ying.   She performs with the Ensemble frequently, and has had several solo appearances at the Minnesota Institute of Arts and the Minnesota History Center.   Ms. Vinger is also an accomplished contemporary pianist and performs regularly at various private functions in the Twin Cites.   Ms. Vinger gives private piano lessons, and is the founder of Rainforest Music.


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Chen Hua

Principal Musician

Mr. Chen Hua has been an active member with the Ensemble since it's inception in 1987.   He is the principal Hu player and performs regularly with the Ensemble.


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Current Active Members


  Bow String Section

Chen, Hua   Er Hu, Gin Hu, Ban Hu

Liu, Peter   Er Hu

Liu-Picard, Pei Ju   Er Hu

Wang-Rezania, Lih In  Er Hu

Zhang, Elijah   Er hu

Fernandez, Adrian   Cello


  Pluck String Section

King, Charlotte   Gu Zheng, Liu Qin, Percussion

Hodges, Jim   Pi Pa, Liu Qin

Picard, Paul   Zhong Ruan

Vinger, Stephanie   Young Ching, Zhong Ruan

Liu-Picard, Pei Ju   Young Ching

Mao, David   Bass Guitar, Voice


  Woodwind Section

Macy, Carleton   Sheng, Conductor

Zhang, Ying   Di, Hu Lu Si, Ba Wu

Lund, Rhonda   Di, Hu Lu Si

Chang, Darice   Di, Hu Lu Si


  Percussion Section

Legge, Alex

Vinger, Stephanie

Macy, Julia

King, Charlotte

Picard, Paul

Chang, Chuan Chuan