Kitty Cheng Tsz Ying
(Arts Administrator Trainee)

  • BA in Music, 2013
  • MA in Community Music, 2015

How did you find your way into your current position?

After my graduation there weren't many openings for music/arts in Hong Kong, so I took up the first offer I got. I was a Personal Tutor at an English school - Wall Street English. During that time I applied to many music and art organisations, and I tried to go to concerts and talks to seek advice.  My current job runs under the government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department. I work at their Entertainment Office where I'm responsible for venue bookings, arranging artists' performance schedule, site visits and etc.

What are your strongest memories of your time at York?

My strongest memories would be when I first started my BA music course at York. New undergraduates, including me, were welcomed and taken care of by our music ‘parents’. They showed us around the department and campus, asked us how we were doing ... pretty much like what our parents would do.

How did York prepare you for your career?

The best course that I've ever had was the MA Community Music, It has prepared me very well for my current arts administration career. It allowed me to explore music in many different ways such as education, special needs, music for the elderly and also gave me a great opportunity to have a placement. Through this course and taking part in MEG (Music Education Group), I was more certain of what I would like to do for my future career.

What advice would you have for current students?

Don't be frustrated if you haven't got your favourite job at the moment. Go and explore things for yourself. Talk to people if you may be interested in their career and seek their advice.

Kitty Cheng