Baylor University School of Music Adds Internationally Recognized Violinist to Its String Faculty

March 5, 2019
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Internationally recognized violinist Patricia Shih

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WACO, Texas (March 5, 2019) – The Baylor University School of Music has announced that internationally recognized violinist Patricia Shih will join its esteemed string faculty. Shih will assume her new role as associate professor of violin on Sept. 1.

“Patricia Shih brings to Baylor University a wealth of personal and professional experience gained through her international work as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and soloist,” said Gary Mortenson, D.M.A., dean of the Baylor School of Music and acting vice provost for administration. “Our string area will benefit from her work ethic, energy, wisdom and vast knowledge of repertoire. We are excited to welcome her to the State of Texas and to have her teach and perform in the School of Music.”

Shih has toured internationally both as recitalist and soloist with many leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic in England, the Hallé in England, the Orchestra de Bretagne in France, the Toronto Symphony in Canada, the Mexico National Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the Polish National Radio Orchestra in Poland. She also has performed as a soloist in some of the world’s greatest venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Wigmore Hall in London, Benaroya Hall in Seattle and the Liszt Akademy Hall in Budapest.

“Coming from a life enriched by music, either as a concert violinist, chamber musician or educator, I am tremendously honored to have the opportunity of immersing all of myself with the incredible string faculty and my future colleagues at prestigious Baylor University,” Shih said. “As a teacher and mentor, I look forward to helping guide my students on one of their most important journeys.”

Born in Canada, Shih made her public debut performing the Bach Violin Concerto at age 4. Throughout her young career, she won numerous national and international awards and prizes, including three consecutive highest honors at the Canadian Music Competition, an achievement that never has been duplicated. As a current soloist and first violinist of the acclaimed Borealis String Quartet, Shih’s virtuosity and unrivaled artistry have made her one the most unique and outstanding violinists working internationally today.

As the youngest finalist at age 15, Shih received a special prize at the international Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland and was a laureate at the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. She also was awarded the International Sommerakademie Mozarteum prize in Salzburg and was honored with the prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Award for the most outstanding Canadian musician under age 30.

Shih studied at Indiana University under legendary Josef Gingold, who is considered one of the most influential violinists of the 20th century. He also was the recipient of Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers in 1993. Shih also has studied with Rostislav Dubinsky, Sándor Végh, Denes Zsigmondy, Lorand Fenyves and Lise Elson.

String study in the Baylor School of Music is focused on the development of skills in solo performance, orchestral studies and chamber music. A full-time resident faculty is committed to mentoring students through intensive applied study to help each individual gain the technical, musical and interpretive skills to become a successful professional upon graduation.

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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. Baylor’s School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance, music education and academic majors, as well as doctoral degrees in church music. Degrees leading to the Bachelor of Music Education conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency. Visit to learn more.