Xiaolu Ma（马晓璐）joined the Confucius Institute at William & Mary January 2017. She is currently a graduate student at Beijing Normal University majoring in Musicology. She specializes in playing and teaching traditional Chinese musical instruments, specifically the Erhu and Guzheng. During her study at BNU, she worked as an intern music teacher at the both elementary and high school levels. From 2015 to 2016, she worked as an erhu teacher at No.3 Middle School of Beijing Normal University and Jingshan Middle School in Beijing. She won first place in many competitions at home and abroad, such as the 2015 Silver Award of “National Musical Instrument Ensemble” in the Fifth Session of “National Youth Chinese Musical Instruments Competition,” Silver Award of Chinese National Music Alliance’s (CNMA’s) International Chinese Music Chamber Orchestra Competition 2013, Wen Hua Prize of “Traditional Musical Instrument Ensemble Competition” 2012. Xiaolu has also participated in numerous international performances, including the International Students’ Night in Beijing from 2011 to 2016.