Yan Gao, a PhD student in Music History and Theory comes from Kunming, China. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Colorado College. Her research interests center on new analytical methodologies in music theory and the music of George Crumb. Yan was a member of the Bowed Piano Ensemble at Colorado College and performed at the Jazz Lincoln Center. She studied piano with the Artist-in-Residence Susan Grace and performed frequently. In her fifth year, she participated in an exchange program at Regensburg University in Germany to study German and music theory.