Ying Xu, graduate conductor at Columbus State University, is the assistant conductor for the Schwob Philharmonic, Schwob Contemporary Ensemble, CSU Opera Program, and Columbus Ballet. She is also the Artistic Director of the Heritage Chamber Music Series in Columbus, GA. A dedicated advocate for contemporary music, she made her debut conducting the premiere of Giuseppe Gallo-Balma’s atmospheric Bacá with Schwob Philharmonic and has conducted productions of La Finta Giardiniera, Guys and Dolls, and The Light in the Piazza. As a guest conductor, Xu appeared with the students of the new arts magnet school in Columbus, the Rainey McCullers School of the Arts. She will continue with performances in the 2021-22 season leading repertoire including works by Barber, Diamond, Falla, and Handel. As a guitarist, Xu has won 16 international competitions, including 19th Annual Guitar symposium & competition (USA, 2018), Borguitar Festival (Italy, 2017), Mississippi Guitar Festival (USA, 2016), Florida Guitar Festival (USA, 2016) ShengYang International Guitar Festival (China 2016 & 2012) Great Composers Competition (The Music of 19th Century) (USA, 2016), Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition (USA, 2016), Troy University Guitar Festival (USA, 2016), ChangSha International Guitar Festival (China, 2014 & 2015), Thailand International Guitar Competition (Thailand, 2014), 13th Annual Guitar symposium & competition Div. II (USA, 2012), ShenYang International Guitar Festival (Ensemble) (China 2012, 2013 & 2014), and has appeared in recitals around the world.
Celebrating 60 Years of Musical Excellence
June 26 – July 31, 2021