Tianxu Zhou headshot


Tianxu Zhou

Part Time Lecturer


University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Opera Workshop




College of Visual & Performing Arts 211


2012Shenandoah UniversityDMA
1998Shenandoah UniversityMM
1994Central Conservatory of ChinaBA


  • University Chorus
  • Chamber Choir
  • Opera Workshop
  • Applied Voice




Research interests

  • Choral training for youth/developing voice
  • Choral repertoire and inter-cultural understanding
  • Development of western music in China during 20th century


Dr. Tianxu Zhou, is a collegiate choral conductor, vocal professor and international performer throughout Northern America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Zhou is on the faculty at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Salve Regina University. He conducts the UMassD University Chorus and the Chamber Choir. Dr. Zhou is also the director of The South Coast Children’s Chorus and The Sippican Choral Society.

The conducting credits of Dr. Zhou also include conductor for the Rhode Island College Mens’ Chorus and director of the Loudoun Chorale in Virginia. Dr. Zhou is a sought after clinician for colligate and youth vocal ensembles. He has been invited multiple times to be a guest conductor for youth choral festivals such as the Tri-County Choral Festival in Southeastern Massachusetts and the South East Massachusetts MMEA District Junior Chorus festival. Recent choral performances include collaborations with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra of Handel’s Messiah and with Grammy award winning artist Paul Winter of his composition Missa Gaia. In spring of 2015 and 2017, Dr. Zhou led the UMass Dartmouth Choral ensemble on their successful international performance tours in Italy, Czech republic, Hungary, Germany and Austria. Dr. Zhou’s presentation on Chinese chorale repertoire and pronunciation was featured at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference in Boston.

As a singer, Dr. Zhou is featured in concerts and operatic productions both in America and abroad throughout China, Japan and Europe. He performed with many opera companies such as the Washington National Opera where he shared the stage with many world-renowned artists. He has also performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony and the Grammy award winning Washington Chorus. Some of his more recent performances are the Saint John’s Passion with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra in Providence, RI, an Opera Concert with the Tri-County Symphonic band in Massachusetts, a recital of Arias and Art Songs at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford, MA and performance tours in Italy and Greece.