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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 Dorothy Chang has been praised for its colourful and often impressionistic scoring, as well as for its dramatic intensity and expressive lyricism. Her music is rooted in the Western art music tradition but often reflects the eclectic mix of musical influences from her youth, ranging from marching band tunes and folk songs to traditional Chinese music.

Her catalog includes over fifty works for solo, chamber and large ensembles as well as experimental theatre, video, and dance. She has several works written for Chinese and Western instruments in combination, a recent and developing interest in her music. In addition, Dorothy’s compositions include a one-act chamber opera that incorporates elements of Japanese Noh theatre, a thirty-minute staged work for flutist and dancer/actor entitled rust, and a collaborative radio play adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s For the Country Entirely: A Play in Letters.

Dorothy’s music has been featured in concerts and festivals across North America and abroad, with performances by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Albany, Chicago Civic, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Queens, Seattle, Vancouver and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestras, as well as by chamber ensembles including eighth blackbird, 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 an Associate Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia.