From director, U Moe Naing:
Music has been my best friend since I was young, but I had no chance to learn anything about all the varieties of music until I was sixteen. I went to a lot of private teachers but the problem is that we don’t have enough teachers or technique, material, concerts. My musical knowledge seemed to go nowhere. I studied with Kit Young when she came to learn about Myanmar music in the mid-1990’s.
I got a chance to study at Payap University for a year in Thailand. I learned music theory, choir techniques, classical and jazz piano. All the obstacles of learning music were removed there. As soon as I came back to Yangon in 2001, I started sharing what I knew to anyone who was interested. Fortunately, my teacher, Kit Young was able to move to Yangon with her family in 2003 where she taught for two years at the International School Yangon. At the end of 2003, we started Gitameit Music Center. I tried hard with all my students and started to conduct a choir.
In 2005, I had two chances to observe how musicians and teachers interact abroad. I was able to participate in the International Choral Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. I also attended some choral conducting workshops at the International School Bangkok directed by Dinah Helgeson. I got so much first-hand experience seeing performers, teachers and students and learned many techniques. I’m leading our choir, Gitameit Voices, and teaching piano and basic theory. We plan to make a CD in 2007 of the ensembles at Gitameit. I’m very proud to be a part of Gitameit and work with my students and teacher. I promise from now until I die that I will share all my knowledge at Gitameit Music Center.
Kit Young in front of Gitameit Music Center (left) and U Moe Naing teaching (right)
- U Moe Naing: Director, choral conductor, basic music rudiments, sight-singing, piano
- Kit Young: Artistic Advisor, piano performance and pedagogy, theory, choral, vocal and chamber music coaching, listening classes. (On-Leave Faculty: Payap University (Chiangmai, Thailand), BM Bennington College, MM New England Conservatory. Doctoral work: University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory)
- U Myo Tun: Guitar Program (photo right)
- E Taung, Saw Patalar Htaw, Francis: Assistants, guitar program
- U Tin: Myanmar slide guitar, saung gauk
- Myanmar Kyauk Sein: hsaing waing (pat waing)
- U Tin Yi, Ma Thuza, Saw Win Maw: violin
- U So So: drums
- Saw James: cello
- Nay Win Htun, Ein Min Htet: beginning voice
- Parami Shoon: piano, theory
- Olive, Bosco, Ko Ye, Mee Mee, Nay Myo: beginning piano
- Sai Win Oo: sight-singing
- U Kyaw Kyaw, U Kyaw Swe Tun: Composers and guitarists in residence
U Din, U Toh and Daphne in the Myanmar Music room (left), Teresa practicing upstairs (right)
Kit Young writing choral accompaniment (left), U Kyaw Kyaw and U Kyaw Swe Tun (right)
Htun Htun (left), Saya U Tin and U Myo Tun with students (right)