GSU Orchestra


Mr. Ye Tao is an Assistant Professor of Music at Grambling State University. A native of Shenyang, China, he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. While he was in China, he was concertmaster of the Liaoning Symphony Orchestra, Opera House, and Ballet Company. He has also presented recital appearances throughout his native China including a recital at the Beijing Concert Hall. He has appeared as recitalist in Europe too, including an acclaimed recital in Italy:

“Ye Tao roused a capacity audience into an enraptured frenzy with his admirable performance of the Carmen Fantasy, Opus 25, of Pablo de Sarasate. It seemed as if the audience would never stop applauding.”

Brunero Machetti
La Gazetta di Siena,
Italy August 20, 1992

His latest international violin recitals and concert solo appearances were in Caribbean island country of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2005

Mr. Tao came to the United States as a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California in 1989. He arrived in Louisiana in 1991, and received Master of Music degrees in violin performance and in conducting from the Northeast Louisiana University.

He has given solo violin recitals at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University, and Grambling State University. In addition he has also appeared as recitalist in the concert sponsored by Monroe Symphony orchestra, Twin City Ballet, and the Little Theatre, has also played with the Ruston Civic Orchestra as a soloist.

As an orchestral musician, he has played in many orchestras in the States including: Arkansas Symphony orchestra, Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Arkansas, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, Longview Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony Orchestra in Texas, Delta Symphony Orchestra in Mississippi, Long Beach Ballet Orchestra, Santa Ana Symphony Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, Torrance Symphony Orchestra, and Palm Spring Pop Orchestra in California.

In Louisiana, he has taught in the public schools, and was director of the Monroe Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years. He joined the Grambling music faculty in 1996, where he serves as Director of the University Orchestra and teaches Applied Strings, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Fine & Performing arts, and String Method classes.

Mr. Tao is a board member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association and the orchestra division chairman who is in charge of the Louisiana all-State Orchestra, and is also the Louisiana State Chapter president of the American String Teacher Association.

His name is on the Who’s Who: The Best American Teachers Selected by the Best Students, 1996 edition.
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Orchestra Director:

Ye Tao
Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestra Activities
Location: 205 Performing Arts Center
Address: GSU Box 4258 Grambling, Louisiana 71245
Phone Number: 274-2168
Fax Number: 318-274-4089
Email: taoy@gram.edu