Described as “evocative and kaleidoscopic” (The Seattle Times), the music of composer Dorothy Chang often reflects an eclectic mix of musical influences 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.
Dorothy’s catalog includes over seventy works for solo, chamber and large ensembles with a particular interest in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent projects including a radio play adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s White Wines, several works for mixed Chinese and Western ensembles, and a collaboration with four other composers and choreographer Yukichi Hattori for the True North Symphonic Ballet premiered by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. For the 2019-2020 season, she is collaborating with composer Owen Underhill, Wen Wei Dance, the Turning Point Ensemble and the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra on Flying White, a work inspired by Chinese calligraphy that will premiere at the 2020 PuSh Festival in Vancouver.
Dorothy’s music has been featured in concerts and festivals across North America and abroad, with performances by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra, as well as by chamber ensembles including eighth blackbird, the Smith Quartet, the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, the Turning Point Ensemble and Music from China, among others. From 2005-2008 she served as a Music Alive composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Winfield, Illinois, Dorothy received degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and Indiana University. In 2003, she joined the music faculty at the University of British Columbia, where she currently serves as a Professor of Music.