On July 23, after rehearsals for the Mahler concert, two members of the Yale faculty, hornist William Purvis and percussionist Robert Van Sice, went to the recital hall of the Central Conservatory of Music to give master classes for students there. In addition, members of the Yale percussion group performed both individually and in ensemble.
All of these events were well-attended and there was plenty of time for coaching, with the teachers aided by very capable translators. What was most striking was that both Purvis and Van Sice emphasized the importance of musicality, expression, gesture, and communication, talking about technique only to the degree necessary to make these musical qualities come alive.
The CCOM students were clearly very skilled, but after a few minutes with these master teachers, their ability to make music took a leap forward.