As I write this, a delegation of 14 administrators from one of the largest music conservatories in China are signing off on the final details of a hip-hip exchange program at the McNally Smith College of Music.
Representatives from McNally Smith in China last winter, including Toki Wright, Hip-Hop Studies Diploma Coordinator (bottom left), and Sean McPherson (of Heiruspecs), also on the Hip-Hop faculty (top left).
Photo: McNally Smith
Harry Chalmiers, President of McNally Smith College of Music, says this is only one of many cultural exchange efforts underway.
“The partnership’s exciting potential for our students and our campus is matched by the enthusiasm of the Chinese officials coming to visit and the students back in Shenyang eager to study here,” said Chalmiers. “It could be a major development not only for the Hip-Hop Diploma program but also for partnerships in our Business, Production, Composition, and Performance programs in the future.”
McNally Smith describes itself as offering the only Hip Hop Diploma Program in the U.S.