Associate Professor

Music Theory, Composition

Jianjun_He_photo_rdax_150x112[1].jpgJianjun He, a native of China, received his B.A. in violin performance from Northwestern National University, M.A. in music theory from The Arts Academy of China, and D.M.A. in composition from West Virginia University where he studied composition with John Beall.  His compositions, numbering over sixty for a wide variety of media, are enjoying growing success in Asia and the United States.  They have been featured at numerous new music related festivals and conferences, including several performances at the SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) and CMS (College Music Society) national conferences.  Recent commissions include works for Wyoming Music Teachers Association, pianist Jeffrey Jacob, and Ningxia University Choir.  CD recordings are available on ERM, VMM, Mark Masters, and Da Di (China) label.  In addition to his musical creation, he has published books and research papers dealing with music theory, compositional techniques, ethnomusicology, and music education.  Dr. He is currently on the faculty of Jacksonville University (FL) teaching Composition, Advanced Music Theory, Counterpoint, and Analysis.  He was a former faculty member at Ningxia University (Yinchuan, China), Slippery Rock University (PA), Stephen F Austin State University (TX), and Casper College (WY).  Since 2002 he has been an honorary professor at Hunan Normal University (Changsha, China) where he teaches composition to HNU graduate students in summer.  Teaching related awards include “Young Teacher’s Award for Excellence at Ningxia University (1991),” “Excellent Teacher of Ningxia (1993),” and “Rosenthal Outstanding Educator Award (Casper College, 2008).”

BA Violin Performance, Northwestern National University

MA Music Theory, Arts Academy of China

DMA Compositions, West Virginia University