One of the better perks of studying at UCSI is the diversity of its student body. One of the more interesting clubs is the Chinese Orchestra Club.
Recently, Fannie, our UCSI ambassador, was able to grab the opportunity to interview Joshua Chew, the President of UCSI Chinese Orchestra Club. So, let’s dive in!
Check out the interview slot here:
1. First things first, what is Chinese Orchestra?
- According to Joshua, it is just like the typical western orchestra, except that it leverages on classical Chinese music instruments.
2. Joshua, how would you describe your club in 3 words?
- Young - Our club has only been established 1 year plus and the age of our members are pretty young on average.
- Brave - We are always brave enough to try new things, like performing in a government office to studio, experimenting with different styles of performances and ways of playing instruments.
- Friendly - We welcome everyone to join us! Just come and play with us every Wednesday.
3. What inspired you to be part of the club and what inspires you to continue leading the club?
- It is my love for music the people in the club. They are really the ones who keep on pushing me to be a better person.
4. Share with us some of the best moments and achievements in the society
- I think it was the debut performance, during the January semester in 2018, held at UCSI Block A. From what I can recall, we performed two songs, and as we stood up, everybody continues clapping from the whole hall. The applause was very encouraging and we bonded strongly post the performance. It was an awesome memory.
- For the second one, is our first concert, called the Rhythm of Aurora, as part of a collaboration with IMelody Musics & Arts, a music school. We started the concert from scratch and some of our members were involved in composing music. Overall, it was a great experience as we learn and improved a lot. It remains as a memorable part of our university experience.
5. What are some challenges you have faced in this club?
- As a president, the first challenge is, of course, the unity and harmony of an orchestra. As a president, it is my job to maintain and manage members. The second challenge would be strategy and positioning. Sometimes, the orchestra is moving at a very fast pace, so it is easier for everyone to feel lost, including myself. As a leader, it is important to be firm and set a clear direction of where we want to be.
6. What are your future goals?
- I want to create a home for UCSI students who love Chinese orchestra to feel safe in making new friends and exploring their talents and passion with us. Mostly, I hope all of our members can continue growing.
7. Any advice to current and future members?
- Do everything with all your heart and to future leaders, do not be afraid to make mistakes, after all, we are all human.
Good luck to Joshua and the whole Chinese Orchestra crew at UCSI!
By the way, this is how a Chinese Orchestra is like! Beautiful isn't it?