CCMC Personnel

Dr. Mei Han, Director of the CCMC

Mei HanMei Han (Ph.D.): Associate Professor of School of Music and Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture at Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Han is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Chinese music. Her publications on Chinese music include journal articles, book chapter, and entries for The Groves Dictionary of Musical Instruments and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Her research interests expand to music of East Asia, the Chinese diaspora within North America, and contemporary music influenced by Asian philosophies.

Dr. Han founded and directed Chinese Music Ensembles at University of British Columbia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Kenyon College, Ohio. She has been working with students of all ages learning Chinese musical instruments and ensemble performance. She has been an adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver Canada for 8 years.

Dr. Han has lectured at universities and music institutes around the world. She received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (full scholarship for Doctoral degree), the highest awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the St. John Scholarship (for Master’s degree at UBC), awarded by St. John University (Shanghai) Alumni Association; and the Thelma Adamson Prize for the best student presentation, SEM Northwest Conference.

Dr. Han is an internationally claimed concert artist on the zheng (Chinese long zither), performing in a multitude of musical genres including traditional, contemporary, creative improvisation, electro-acoustic music (www. She has toured to five continents and performed in prestigious venues and festivals. She received two Juno nominations (Canadian Music Award) and recorded eight solo and chamber music albums.

Dr. Han began to take music lessons at age of 10. She studied with zheng masters, such as Gao Zicheng (traditional) and Zhang Yan (contemporary) in China. She was a featured soloist for over 10 years with the Zhan You Ensemble, the prestigious ensemble of its type in China. Moving to international stages, she has played concerts in more than a dozen countries, including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC; the National Day Celebration in Ottawa; WOMAD festival in Australia and Singapore, and concerts in Germany, Holland, Japan, and Vietnam. She premiered the first original zheng concerto composed by non-Chinese composer (John Sharpley) with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, 2003.

Lyujing Liu, Visiting ScholarPicture of Liu Lyujing.  She is smiling at the camera while wearing a formal red gown and holding a small zither.

Lyujing Liu: visiting scholar at MTSU, yangqin teacher at the Center for Chinese Music and Culture.

Ms. Liu earned her master’s in yangqin performance from Xiamen University, where she studied under Professor Yanfang Zhao.  An award-winning instructor, Liu teaches yangqin at Hangzhou Normal University and runs her own studio.  As an accomplished performer, Liu has played for national and world leaders and is a member of the Cimbalom World Association and the Yangqin Professional Committee of the Chinese National Orchestra Society.


Will Childress, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Will Childress: Graduate Teaching Assistant for MTSU Chinese Music EnsembleWill Childress's Headshot

Mr. Childress is a master's of music student at MTSU with a specialization in Musicology.  He is currently studying under Dr. Han while working as Dr. Han's graduate teaching assistant. A member of the MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble for six semesters, Mr. Childress studies Sheng (Chinese wind organ).  He is continuing his studies at MTSU, having graduated in the spring of 2022 with a major of music education and a minor of anthropology. In his spare time he enjoys composing music, writing, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

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Dr. Mei Han

Weekdays 9:00 am -3:00 pm.

Physical location:
503A Bell Street, Suite 1600, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Andrew Woodfin Miller, Sr. Education Center

Mailing address:
MTSU Box 168
1301 E Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001