A native of China, Jianjun He received his B.A. in violin performance from Northwestern National University (Lanzhou, China), M.A. in music theory from The Arts Academy of China (Beijing, China), and D.M.A. in composition from West Virginia University where he studied composition with John Beall. His compositions, numbering over fifty for various media, are enjoying growing success in the United States and Asia. In addition to his musical creation, he has published several research papers dealing with compositional technique, ethnomusicology, and music education. He is a former faculty member at Ningxia Education Institute (Yinchuan, China), West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. Currently, Dr. He is on the faculty of Casper College where he teaches music theory and composition.