Shiqi Xu

Class Year

’20

Hometown

Beijing, China

Major(s)

Music

“Carthage is a school that contains wonderful professors and classmates. I admire the knowledge that the professors have and the patience they provide to every student.”

Shiqi Xu, ’20

Career goal

“My plans are to earn a doctorate in musical arts, gain additional advanced experience as a soloist and chamber musician, and develop my pedagogical knowledge and experience in teaching piano to advanced piano students.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

Professor Wael Farouk, in my mind, is definitely the best piano professor. No words can describe how wonderful it is studying with him. He brings me into the real musical world. He tells me how to feel the music, and he teaches me how to balance music with everything else in my life. He is not only a professor, but someone who provides precious suggestions in other aspects of my life.”

Favorite class

“The music history courses have been my favorite classes at Carthage. Professor Dimitri Shapovalov is an amazing professor who is super organized. I never felt bored in his class and could always learn something new.”

Toughest class

Western Heritage might have been my toughest course. I love how much information the class brought me; however, it was extremely hard for me as I am an international student. The class is not only writing intensive, but also reading intensive and asks for high participation. On the other hand, the class has helped me a lot in English and literature.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“I performed in the Chopin Concerto with the Carthage Philharmonic Orchestra. It has been my crystallized moment and is also my first time participating in an orchestra.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Any space facing Lake Michigan. The view definitely helps me relax. When I am facing the lake, I can easily find the inspiration for my piano playing. I also like the piano practice room.” 

Biggest surprise so far

“At Carthage, I am able to be in the opera and musical theatre workshops, which provide me with more opportunities to play piano.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I’ve loved playing the piano since I was 7 years old, and I think I’ve always planned to continue playing. I think my 8-year-old self would be happy that my plans never changed.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Follow your heart. Your major should be something that you are interested in and that you have the passion to keep doing. You can always change your interest, but your major is something you need to consider seriously because it can affect your career.”

Why Carthage?

“Carthage is a school that contains wonderful professors and classmates. I admire the knowledge that the professors have and the patience they provide to every student.”