Horse Race

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Horse Race

Call for submissions from community erhu players and instrumentalists

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2021, at 11:59pm MST

Chinese New Year is typically a time to get together. However, to celebrate an unusual Chinese New Year in 2021 during a pandemic, Calgary Chinese Orchestra is organizing a community event.

This call for submissions invites musicians of all ages, levels and backgrounds to submit a video of their own rendition of the classic erhu song, Horse Race, to be part of a short film. The film will be made in collaboration with the award-winning filmmaker Vicki Van Chau and will be released during the Chinese New Year.

Despite the fact that it is an erhu piece, the call is open to all instrumentalists and not limited to erhu players. Participants will have an opportunity to show off their talent, be part of an artwork, and make new connections. Participants will also be invited to the film premiere event during the Chinese New Year. More details to come.

Music Requirements

Repertoire: Horse Race by Huang Hai-Huai
Sheet Music: and
Recording Guide Track: Please play along with this provided guide track in headphones for recording
Tempo: 132 bpm
Tuning: A=440 hz

Please choose one from the three options to record and submit:

  1. Play the entire piece.
  2. Play parts of the piece.
  3. Play your own “variations” of the song, but it must follow the tempo and the tuning.

Video Recording Requirements

When making the video, first record yourself announcing the following before you start playing:

  • Your name.
  • Where are you from.
  • The name of your instrument.

When recording video of yourself performing the song:

  • You can use your phone, camera, or tablet.
  • Shoot your video horizontally, not vertically.
  • Make sure to record at minimum 1080p quality.

Optional Audio Requirements:

If you also have access to recording equipment, please use it to record the audio of your performance:

  • 24-bit WAV or AIFF format
  • 44.1 KHz

To submit please fill out the form, attach your video (and audio) file, and submit online by visiting

What’s Next

  • We will start working on editing the film after January 15, 2021. Our production team will not be able to use every bit of footage that we receive in the film but will use some material from every submission.
  • The film will be released during the Chinese New Year in February 2021.
  • All the participants will be invited to attend the premiere event.

For questions please email with any questions!

About the Artists

Vicki Van Chau is an award-winning filmmaker and artist based in Calgary. She has produced and directed several short films that have screened across Canada and internationally.

As a Chinese-Vietnamese Canadian, she has been guided by the teachings and traditions that have been passed down through her family, which has been the foundation of her identity and work. Her family and cultural identity has been a core inspiration in her artistic practice and helps her to promote the appreciation of both Chinese and Vietnamese culture through a uniquely Canadian perspective, focussing on the intricate visuals and sounds of each aspect she explores.

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Jiajia Li became the artistic director of Calgary Chinese Orchestra in 2020 and was the co-director since 2018. Classically-trained flutist Jiajia Li is being praised as one of the city’s finest and most adventurous flautists. She was the 2019 recipient of the classical music residency at National Music Centre, and 2016 recipient of Canada’s Juno music award micro-grant. Since her arrival in Calgary in 2014, Jiajia has forged her identity through music and performance, cutting across a wide range of modern musical experimentations and traditions. Currently a faculty member at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, Jiajia is an active performer and has appeared in festivals including Sled Island, Calgary New Music Festival, and The Works.

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