Local violinist Lee-Chin Siow is preparing to head to Asia for a tour with the Oberlin Orchestra. Siow, the director of strings and a professor of violin at the College of Charleston, is also a 1995 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, which was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in February.

Siow will perform as a soloist on tour with Oberlin students, led by conductor Timothy Weiss. Starting Dec. 25 in Shanghai, the orchestra will make seven stops across Asia, ending in Siow’s native Singapore on Jan. 6.