Dr. Qiao-Shuang (Tracy) Xian is the Professor of Piano at LaGrange College (Georgia). She holds the DMA and the MM in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and she previously received the degree Bachelor of Music from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.
Dr. Xian is a gifted pianist, chamber musician and teacher. She was finalist or prizewinner in state, regional, national and international piano competitions. Included among these are the Georgia and Louisiana State Music Teacher Association competitions, Music Teachers National Association [MTNA] Southern and South Central Divisions, and in 1998 she was the national winner of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Piano Competition. She was also twice a prizewinner in the Beethoven Club International Piano Competition. Dr. Xian also performed solo recitals throughout the southeastern United States and was featured recitalist the state music teacher association conferences of Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina and at the national conferences of MTNA and the American Matthay Association for Piano. She has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on various recital series and music festivals throughout the United States and with orchestra performing works by Liszt, Ravel and others. Several of her performances have been broadcast on national public radio.
Her dedication to teaching led to co-founding with her husband, Steve Clark, Young Artists Studios which currently has teaching studios in both LaGrange and Columbus. In June 2014, she launched the YouTube tutorials, Practice with Me for the purpose of providing effective practice steps to help students practice at home between weekly piano lessons.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Xian is an active solo performer, a chamber musician and a church musician. She has served as pianist for Living Grace United Methodist Church in Columbus since 2000.