Taiwanese-American conductor Tiffany Chang helps musicians feel valued, seen, and fulfilled, and guides arts leaders to do so too for their organizations.
For her exceptional artistry, formidable versatility, and unshakeable integrity, Chang garnered recognition through two Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, the OPERA America Grant for Women Stage Directors and Conductors, and The American Prize in Opera Conducting.
She recently served as Cover Conductor for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and will return to Washington National Opera as Cover Conductor for the world premiere of Grounded. She made recent conducting debuts at Minnesota Opera (The Song Poet, world premiere), Portland Opera (Tosca), and Opera Columbus (Tosca). She also held the Elizabeth Buccheri Opera Residency at the Washington National Opera (La bohème) and was invited twice to conduct at The Dallas Opera as part of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors.
Chang has been invited as a guest conductor for opera productions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory (Chérubin), Oberlin Conservatory (The Puppy Episode, world premiere), and Boston University (Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, Later the Same Evening). She was previously Music Director/Conductor for the NEMPAC Opera Project where she conducted Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Fidelio, La Cenerentola, Die Fledermaus, La bohème, and The Little Prince.
Her other engagements include BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, OperaHub, College Light Opera Company, Xanthos Ensemble, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Conservatory Orchestras, Boston University Orchestras, Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra, Parkway Concert Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras, among others. She remains a regular guest conductor in Boston with the Dinosaur Annex New Music Ensemble and ALEA III.
Chang also authors a blog called Conductor as CEO, where she takes ideas from other industries and shares how they apply to arts leaders. Her "refreshing and thoughtful" leadership on and off the podium has led her to become an active speaker and contributor for organizations such as the Canton Symphony, Girls Who Conduct, Sound Mind, Boston Conservatory, Notes from the Podium, PM World Journal, and Routledge Publishing.
She is currently participating in Forefront, powered by Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches, for the next generation of leaders in coaching and talent development. She previously completed Seth Godin's altMBA, joining a unique cohort of global leaders and change-makers.
Having first began her career as a professor, she has served on the artist-faculty at Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.
Chang studied orchestral conducting with David Hoose and Bridget-Michaele Reischl; she has also worked with Carlo Montanaro, Emmanuel Villaume, Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Robert Spano, Gunther Schuller, Larry Rachleff, and Ann Howard Jones. She also studied cello with Amir Eldan, Hans Jensen, and Peter Reijto and composition with Amelia Kaplan and Jeffrey Kowalkowski.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from Boston University and several degrees from Oberlin Conservatory in cello performance, music education, composition, and music theory.
"Chang packs a lot of punch...and leads the orchestra with a calm, confident demeanor, shaping phrases elegantly"
- Boston Musical Intelligencer (on Schumann's "Spring)