Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Xi Wang

Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory

Composer Xi Wang (Xi: family name; Wang: first name. Pronounced “Shee Wong”) has been considered one of the most talented and active composers of her generation. Her music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Spokane Symphony, the Proteus Ensemble, the Tippet String Quartet, the Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble, the Pacific Music Festival Academy Percussion Ensemble, the Maya Trio and the DoublePlay music group, among others.

Xi has received five prizes from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Her music has been spotlighted on Minnesota Public Radio, Aspen Public Radio and Radio-China. She was the sole recipient of the 2006-07 Robbins Family Prize in Music Composition for her exceptional merit and promise as a composer at Cornell University. Xi was also one of the eight young composers featured in the project “New Voices from China” at Bard College. Her Music for Piano, Percussion and Wind Ensemble was one of the 21 obligatory pieces (selected from over 700 band pieces submitted from over 50 countries) for the 2010 Coups de Vents International Band Competition in France. Her other awards include first prize in the Fourth International Jurgenson Competition for Young Composers; the Tsang-Houei Hsu International Music Composition Award; the fifth edition of Northridge Composition Prize; first prize in the “Music from China” International Composition Competition; first prize in the “Ensemble X” competition, and the Outstanding Student Studying Abroad Award from the Chinese Government.

Her fellowship credits include: Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College, Massachusetts; Pacific International Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship at Aspen International Music Festival; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; California Summer Music; Music 04, Cincinnati; Oregon Bach Music Festival; the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East; and a bursary award from the Hinrichsen Foundation for attending the Dartington International Summer School in England.

As a conductor, Xi has conducted a number of premieres of her own compositions as well as music by her colleagues. She performs as a solo pianist as well as a chamber music player.

Xi’s music education started at the age of five. She received her B.M. from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, M.M. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and D.M.A. from Cornell University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Xi loves travel and she is a fairly decent cook. For more information, please visit her website.

Here are few examples of Dr. Xi's work.

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D.M.A., Cornell University; M.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City; B.M., Shanghai Conservatory, China

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