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Faculty Profile

Shiao-Li Ding

College of Arts and Sciences
Garvey Fine Arts Center
Rm 224
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Boston University, Doctor of Musical Arts
Academic History

Professor of Piano, since 2010

Associate Professor, 1999-2009

Assistant Professor, 1992-1998

Scholarly Interests/Activities

As a performer, Dr. Ding has given many solo performances, lecture-recitals and presentations at national and international conferences in Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Stavanger, Norway, Bangkok, Thailand; Kula Lumpur and Johor Bahru, Malaysia; Singapore; and Tianjin and Beijing of her native county China.  She commissioned and premiered a group of piano etude by Unsuk Chin.  In the United States, she was a member of the Kansas Arts Commission’s Touring Performing Arts Roster for six years and has given solo performances in Colby, Manhattan, Midland, Emporia of Kansas, Ann Arbor and Midland of Michigan, Indianapolis and Bloomington of Indiana; Batavia and Rock Island of Illinois, Boston, Amherst, Worcester of Massachusetts; Burlington of Vermont; and many other places.  Before came to Kansas, she performed chamber music with various contemporary music organizations and ensembles in Boston and New England areas.  

Dr. Ding’s research interests include historic recordings of Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano works of contemporary Chinese composers, as well as comparative studies in piano pedagogy.  A recent research has led her to examine the rapid development in piano education and its derivation in piano manufacture and music publishing business in China.  Her articles have published in Clavier as well as in Chinese publications such as Journal of the Central Conservatory of Music and Piano Artistry

Service Interests/Activities

Dr. Ding has been active in local and statewide music organizations.  She served as an advisor to the Kansas Arts Commission in various capacities, and was the Vice President of Kansas Music Teachers Association and is the Chair of KMTA Collegiate Competitions.  She was the first chairperson of the Latch-Keyboard Project’s Advisory Committee, a project provides keyboard instruction by professional music teachers at no cost for students who are from underserved families.

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