Ge Wang named Champion of the Arts

Another Stanford music luminary is the recipient of the Champion of the Arts Award for the second year in a row. Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, an organization based in Mountain View, Calif., will honor GE WANG, assistant professor of music and co-founder of Smule, at a gala at the Stanford Faculty Club on Saturday, Feb. 9. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of music in the region.

For Wang, this award is further endorsement of his innovative work in music through technology.

Wang is known on campus as the director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). He also designed the iPhone and iPad apps Ocarina and Magic Piano. These social musical instruments have enabled more than 20 million users to play and share music with one another around the world. Overall, Wang’s mission is to revolutionize the way people make music and connect through music in their daily lives.

Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley are six choirs organized by level and age under the direction of internationally recognized conductor Elena Sharkova. They perform music from different cultures, time periods and styles locally and abroad, and are frequent guests with premier symphony, opera and ballet companies.

Last year’s Champion of the Arts was JENNY BILFIELD of Stanford Live, who was recently appointed the president of the Washington Performing Arts Society.

—ROBIN WANDER