Appointed to his current academic position in 2001, Dr. Xun Sun is serving as Director of Orchestral Activities at Southern Utah University. As a tenured faculty member, his teaching duties include that of conducting the University Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble. In addition, he teaches courses in Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Applied Instruction of Violin at the Music Department.
Mr. Sun has continually broadened his professional career as an orchestral conductor. His most recent performance was conducting the world premiere of the Modern Dance Drama Helen's Dream combined production of SUU and Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre of China. He conducted the world renowned China Philharmonic Orchestra in recording a new CD of title on America Journey , music by American composers Marshall McDonald and Steve Nelson. In 2007, he was invited to conduct the Lviv Philharmonic in the 8th International Contemporary Music Festival in Ukraine. During the past, Mr. Sun also conducted Carlisle Floyd's opera Susanna, the opera of Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck and Mozart's opera The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. As the founder, Professor Sun continues to teach the master-class in conducting in Hunan, China.
Mr. Xun Sun has served as the Music Director/Conductor of the Orchestra of Southern Utah since 2003. Mr. Sun has made many appearances over the years in concert series and educational programs. Under his leadership, the OSU world premiered the symphonic suite Spanish Trail Suite by Marshall McDonald and Steve Nelson. In June 2008, the League of American Orchestras presented OSU with an Award of Excellence in the Annual Gold Book Online competition and an Audrey Baird Audience Development Award, making OSU the only orchestra to receive these awards from the League of American Orchestras that year.
Born in the city of Taiyuan, China, Dr. Xun Sun manifested distinctive musical talent at an early age. He began his formal music training and violin studies at Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China at age 11 through the government's scholarship program for exceptional music students. This substantial music training led him to successful graduate studies in United States. Under the Evelyn Ryan Nelson Concertmaster Fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music, he earned master’s degrees in Instrumental Conducting and Violin Performance from the conservatory of UMKC, and Doctor Degree in Education from Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York.