B.A., GuangXi Institute of Arts and Shanghai Conservatory of Music
M.Mus., Louisiana State University
Song Xie is a Professor of Music as well as the director of the Belhaven University String area and new graduate-level violinist’s Artist Diploma program. He teaches violin, viola, chamber music, and is the artistic director and conductor of the Belhaven Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra at Belhaven University.
Song is a long-time soloist, chamber musician, and symphony orchestra leader. His solo competition awards include the Chinese National Violin Competition, LSU Young Artist Concerto Competition, and placing as a finalist at the Chautauqua Festival Young Artist Competition in New York. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, with repertoire including the Beethoven violin concerto, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 1, Mozart violin concertos, and many more. He currently serves as principal second violin in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Throughout this period, Song also taught at GuangXi Institute of Arts, Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Millsaps College and served as Concertmaster or principal second violin in Orchestras at PA, MI, LA, AR, and MS.
After an intensive performing career, to answer God’s calling for excellent string education for the young generation, Song served as President of the American String Teacher Association (ASTA) Mississippi Chapter from 2006-2008 and took a professorship position at Belhaven University in 2005. With God’s blessing, his students have won prizes or placed as finalists at numerous competitions on state, regional, national, and international stages. Many of his students have been accepted with excellent scholarships to top conservatories and universities in the country to pursue their graduate studies, including Michigan State University, Eastman School of Music, Rice University, Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, and Juilliard School. Others actively teach in private studios or music schools, serve as mission leaders, or audition successfully as professional orchestra concertmaster, associate principal second violinist or section musicians. Song frequently gives master classes and judges various levels of string competitions.
His summer performing and teaching includes MSO Premier Orchestra Institute(MS), Millsaps Chamber Music Camp(MS), Blue lake Fine Arts Camp(MI), CICA String Festival(AR), and the Masterworks Festival (previously IN, OH, SC and currently KY).
Mr. Song believes that God has a unique calling for each student. We all strive for excellence as we answer the Lord’s calling in our lives. To teach and to share his music talents are his desires; to share his personal experience of God’s love and care in the professional performing world for young students is a wonderful answer to his prayer.