Union College and Community Orchestra
Union College Chorale
A native of Taiwan, Ms. Shou Ping Liu won several national piano competitions before moving to the United States. She first came to Boston under the support of the Talent and Merit Scholarship from New England Conservatory to pursue her undergraduate studies in piano performance. After graduating from the conservatory, she embarked on her conducting path when she began to take lessons with the late Robert Page. Since then, she has had a conducting career that has taken her to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and major concert halls in Germany. She is currently completing her graduate studies in orchestral conducting at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. Before coming to Union College, Ms. Liu was the director of the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra for two years. During her residency, she pursued a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California, where she studied choral conducting with Jo-Michael Scheibe and orchestral conducting with Larry Livingston. She has participated in numerous competitions, having become a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest as part of the George Enescu Festival. Orchestras she has conducted include the South Denmark Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania Philharmonic, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, and Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt. Ms. Liu continues to attend music festivals and conferences around the world. In February of 2020 she collaborated on a lecture on Bach Cantatas with the Berlin Philharmonic keyboardist Raphael Alpermann. She recently attended the 2019 November Peabody Conducting Workshop, where she was one of eight fellows to work with Marin Alsop. Her other teachers and coaches have included Jorma Panula, Victor Yampolsky, Helmuth Rilling, David Robert Coleman, Christian Ehwald, and Hans Dieter-Baum.