Union College and Community Orchestra
Union College Chorale
Since she was appointed as the Music Director of Santa Monica Youth Orchestra in 2014, Shou Ping Liu has been invited to participate in several prestigious music festivals. Most recently, she became a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest as part of the George Enescu Festival, where she conducted the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. Other recent engagements have included a concert of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 with the South Denmark Philharmonic, a concert with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, and guest conducting appearances with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. She has conducted in numerous venues including Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and Koncertsalen Alsion in Sønderborg, Denmark.
A native of Taiwan, Ms. Shou Ping Liu won several national piano competitions before coming to the United States. In 2002, she was awarded with a Merit Scholarship for her undergraduate study in piano performance from New England Conservatory. After graduating from the Conservatory, Ms. Liu embarked on her conducting path when she began taking private lessons with the late Dr. Robert Page. Her other conducting teachers have included Jorma Panula, Victor Yampolsky, Larry Livingston, William Reber, and Helmuth Rilling, for whom she conducted Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on his Discovery Series in 2015. She is returning from a year of studies in orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Christian Ehwald.