Lishan Xue wins first prize in piano competition


Pianist Lishan Xue, doctoral student of Prof. William Heiles, has won first prize in her age division in the 2016 Los Angeles International Piano Competition. She also was awarded a special prize for the “Best Performance of a Hungarian Rhapsody.”

Lishan Xue was born in Shanghai, China, and performed her solo debut when she was six years old at the Shanghai Concert Hall. She has received various prizes from regional, national and international competitions such as the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, the Chautauqua International Piano Competition, the Matinee Musicale Competition, the Baldwin Piano Performance Competition, the USA National Young Artists Competition, and the Gulangyu Junior and Senior China National Piano Competition. Her performance at the 16th Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition in Brussels in 2010 received special praise from journalist Philip Dewolf.

Previous piano studies were at the Shanghai Conservatory, in Austria with Ralf Heiber and Sumi Cho, at Oberlin Conservatory with Monique Duphil and David Breitman, and at Indiana University where she studied with Arnaldo Cohen and Menahem Pressler. She began her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois with Prof. William Heiles in the Fall of 2016.

Research travel awards for Musicology students

Congratulations to musicology students Tara Hatfield and Thornton Miller, winners of recent Graduate College research travel competitions!

tara-take-2Tara, who is working on the intersections between hip-hop, environmentalism, and social identity in Tanzania,  has been awarded a Graduate College Masters Project Travel Grant to pursue thesis research in Arusha, Tanzania.





Thornton is working on a PhD dissertation on  cultural exchange between the USSR and the UK during the Cold War, with special attention to the work and agency of Benjamin Britten.  He has been awarded a Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant to pursue doctoral research in Moscow and St. Petersburg.


The School of Music was one of only two units on campus to receive two research travel awards from the Graduate College this fall.