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Fang-Lan Hsieh graduated from University of Chinese Culture in Taipei with a bachelor degree in voice performance. Upon graduation, she received scholarship from the University of South Carolina and graduated with a master's degree in music and a master's degree in library science. After returning to Taiwan to teach at the church music department of Taiwan Presbyterian Seminary, she went to study at Louisiana State University and received her Ph.D. degree in Musicology. Currently, she is the Associate Dean of Libraries/Music Librarian at Kathryn Sullivan Bowld Music Library at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
She has received two grants from the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), the first, to digitize seven shaped-note tune books in the music library collection, and the second to film and digitize worship services of various styles among Southern Baptist churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has served a three-year term (2004-2007) on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Hymn, the quarterly publication of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.
Her Chinese translation of church music books include Donald Hustad's Jubilate II (1998), Terry York's Rehearsing the Soul (2006) and his Observing the Rests (2008), The Voice of Our Congregation (2010), as well as Terry York and C. David Bolin's The Worship Matrix (2011).
Her publications also include An Annotated Bibliography of Church Music (2003), A History of Chinese Christian Hymnody: From Its Missionary Origins to Contemporary Indigenous Productions (2009). The latter was translated into Chinese and published by Chinese Baptist Press in Hong Kong in 2011.