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Dorothy Chang: Biography

Dorothy Chang
1970 -
Region: British Columbia

Dorothy Chang

Described as "evocative and kaleidoscopic” (Seattle Times) the music of composer Dorothy Chang often reflects the eclectic mix of musical influences from her youth, ranging from popular and folk music to elements of traditional Chinese music. Many of her works are inspired by place, time, memory and personal histories.

Her catalog includes over sixty works for solo, chamber and large ensembles as well as experimental theatre, video, and dance. Her interest in cross-culture and interdisciplinary collaboration has led to projects including a radio play adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s White Wines for four vocalists and speaking percussionist, several large chamber ensemble works for mixed Chinese and Western instruments, a one-act chamber opera that incorporates elements of Japanese Noh theatre, and a staged work for flutist and dancer/actor entitled rust.

Her music has been featured in concerts and festivals across North America and abroad, with performances by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, as well as by chamber ensembles including eighth blackbird, the Emily Carr String Quartet, the Smith Quartet, the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, Collage New Music and Music from China, among others. From 2005-2008, Dorothy served as a Music Alive composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is a Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia.


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