Xi'an Conservatory of Music
|Xi'an Conservatory of Music|
|Location||Xi'an, Shaanxi, China|
The college was founded in 1949, formerly known as the "Northwest Military and Political University College of Art". The school changed its name to the "Northwest College of Art Department of Music" in 1950. The school combined its music department and fine art department into the Northwest Technical School of Art in 1953, and the Xi'an Technical School of Music was founded in 1956 at the site of the school's music department. The school changed its name to the Xi'an Conservatory of Music in 1960.
The conservatory includes departments in composition, vocal music, folk music, orchestral music, piano, orchestral music, musical education, and dance. Its attached pre-college school (grades 7-12) currently has over 400 students. The conservatory's president is Zhao Jiping.
Death of Zhang Miao
On 20 October 2010, Yao Jiaxin, a junior at the Xi'an Conservatory of Music, hit twenty-six year-old Zhang Miao with his Chevrolet vehicle, and proceeded to stab her six times because she had looked at his license plate. Yao was given the death penalty by the Xi'an Intermediate People's Court on 22 April 2011, and appealed the court's decision to no avail. Public reaction towards the execution varied; some claimed that it was a victory of public action over privileged class, while others considered Yao as a victim of cyberstalking.
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