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Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao

Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao serves as Associate Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shepherd University in West Virginia. She is a piano soloist, collaborative artist, and music educator. She has expanded her repertoire in instrumental, chamber, vocal, and choral music in various styles and periods.  

Yu-Hsuan worked with “American Repertory Ensemble” and performed piano solo, chamber, and accompanied vocal music in the company’s performance series. Her solo performance with A.R.E. (“Valses Poéticos,” Passion at Play) was nominated for best instrumentalist in the Austin Critics Table Award for the season of 2008-2009. In 2009, she published a book based on her dissertation entitled “Manuel de Falla’s Cuatro Piezas Españoles: Combinations and Transformations of the Spanish Folk Modes” (VDM Publishing, 2009). Yu-Hsuan has frequently appeared at the College Music Society, Music Teacher National Association, and other music conferences as a lecture presenter and performer. Her recent international conference appearance was to present a lecture-recital at the 2021 World Piano Conference in Serbia (originally planned for in-person in 2020). She was awarded the Shepherd Foundation “Create for the Future Fund” to present at this conference. 

Yu-Hsuan is currently serving as the president-elect for the West Virginia Music Teachers Association, the chair for the WVMTA composition commission, and the faculty advisor for the Music Teacher National Association Shepherd Collegiate Chapter. Her students have frequently presented their research projects in the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Symposium. She regularly gives master classes and is in high demand for adjudication at festivals and competitions around the West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. region. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Hsuan began her musical studies in Tung-Hai University of Taiwan, under Thomas Linde. She received her Masters and Doctoral Degrees of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin under Danielle Martin, Dariusz Pawlas, and Gregory Allen. 

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Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao
School of Music
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304.876.5389 or 800.344.5231 ext. 5389