Described as “evocative and kaleidoscopic”, the music of composer Dorothy Chang 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. Her catalog includes over seventy works for solo, chamber and large ensembles with a particular interest in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration, including works for mixed Chinese and Western ensembles as well as for theatre, opera and dance.
Dorothy’s music has been featured in concerts and festivals across North America and abroad, with performances by the Albany, Calgary Philharmonic, Indianapolis, Manitoba, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Queens, Saint Paul Chamber, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, 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. She has received awards and grants from organizations including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, Barlow Endowment, British Columbia Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Fromm Music Foundation, and the inaugural commission from the Women’s Philharmonic Commissioning Project of Meet the Composer. 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.