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.

Rocio Lima Guaman chosen to participate in the Global Leaders Program

Rocio Lima Guaman, a DMA student in Flute Performance, will be participating in the Global Leaders Program (Youth Orchestras of America) during 2016-17.  She is one of 30 exceptional musicians worldwide to have been given this opportunity, which will involve professional and academic training in Community Leadership, Teaching Artistry, and Social Entrepreneurship.  Guidance will come from a faculty of industry leaders, and in a program that is overseen by Youth Orchestras of America, McGill University, and the University of Oxford.pic

Will Pearson – Presser Graduate Student Award


Will Pearson, a DMA student in Composition, is the School of Music’s successful nominee for the Presser Graduate Student Award for 2016-2017.  The award of $10,000 will enable him to attend the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, this summer, during which time he will work on his music-theater composition, The Young Sun.  He will also prepare a performance of the piece at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre in New York in Spring 2017, in collaboration with the TAK Ensemble.


iMUSE – Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals

Information Session with iMusE Committee; December 4 5:30 PM, Room 1201 MB

Mandatory Workshop January 20 5:00 – 6:00 PM; Room 1201 MB
• School of Music and College of Business co-sponsored workshop
All applicants must attend or watch the video of Mandatory Workshop.

Competition Timeline
• March 1 – Deadline to submit proposals. Online Application
• March 5 – Notification of public presentation schedule
March 19 – Public presentations, MB Auditorium (3:00 – 5:00 pm)
• April 15 – Notification of projects selected to receive seed grant funding

Preliminary Feedback Resources
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Past iMusE Recipients and funded projects