Although the Department of Music was formally founded in 1972, it was in 1969 that Professor Florence Hong was invited to Soochow University to give undergraduate courses in music and to design a future plan of study. Student response to Professor Hong’s offerings was so enthusiastic that she was prevailed upon to stay and to build the music program herself, thus becoming the mother of the Music Department at Soochow.
The music department is housed in the attractive, newly built (2008), purpose-designed Second Teaching and Research Building on the Wai Shuang Hsi Campus. It is located near the National Palace Museum and provides an excellent study environment. In addition to teaching rooms there are common rooms, practice rooms, a graduate students study room, a fully-equipped computer music studio, a recital hall and Performing Arts Center. The state-of-the-art 471-seat Performing Arts Center is used for recitals and concerts, and is equipped to a high standard, including a 9-foot Hamburg Steinway piano.