Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Tiffany Chang is an increasingly versatile, award-winning conductor based in Boston, MA, with diverse conducting experiences spanning the symphonic, choral, and operatic literature. She was recently named the 2017 Winner of The American Prize in Opera Conducting, having also earned Third Prizes for both Orchestral Conducting and Orchestral Performance in 2014.
Dr. Chang was recently appointed Visiting Assistant Professor & Conductor of the Arts and Sciences Orchestra at Oberlin Conservatory and holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music. She also served successful terms as Interim Director of Orchestral Studies and Assistant Professor at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and Acting Director of Orchestral Activities at Boston University. She is also the founder and conductor of the New England Repertory Orchestra (NERO) rooted in Boston and serves as Music Director/Conductor for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center's (NEMPAC) Opera Project, having conducted fully-staged productions at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall - The Great Hall.
Dr. Chang has been engaged with BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, OperaHub, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, ALEA III, Xanthos Ensemble, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Parkway Concert Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Greater Boston Asian American Youth Symphony Orchestra, Dana Hall School of Music Summer Symphony, Oberlin Conservatory, and Boston University. At Boston University, she served as Assistant Conductor for the Tanglewood Institute's Young Artists Orchestra, Opera Institute, and the All-Campus Orchestra. While at Oberlin, she was the Music Director of the Oberlin College Symphony and Assistant Conductor for the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras. She has been frequently engaged as a clinician and guest conductor for school-aged ensembles.
Dr. Chang studied orchestral conducting with David Hoose, Bridget-Michaele Reischl, and Amy Chang; her other notable mentors include Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Ann Howard Jones, Robert Spano, Gunther Schuller, Kirk Trevor, Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, John Page, William Lumpkin, and Gábor Hollerung. Workshop participations include the 2011 Conductor's Guild Workshop, 2010 International Conducting Festival and Workshop, the 2010 NYC International Conducting Workshop, and the 2008 Taipei International Choral Festival.
As a cellist, Dr. Chang studied with Amir Eldan, Hans Jensen, and Peter Reijto and taught as a secondary cello instructor at the Oberlin Conservatory. As a composer, she studied with Amelia Kaplan and Jeffrey Kowalkowski and has been commissioned to write for schools, chamber ensembles, and youth orchestras. Her most recent project included a reorchestration of Francis Poulenc's opera Dialogues of the Carmelites for performance by the Boston University Chamber Orchestra and Opera Institute. She also presents lectures and workshops on music theory, composition, and the Sibelius music notation software.
Dr. Chang received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from Boston University in 2013. She previously received several degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, including a Master of Music Education, Bachelors of Music in cello performance and music education, and minors in composition and music theory.
Dr. Chang's academic and musical performances and entrepreneurial spirit earned her the prestigious 2013 Kahn Career Entry Award, Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, Theodore Presser Scholarship, Ernest Hatch Wilkins Memorial Prize, Boston University's Conducting Award, and Oberlin Conservatory Dean's Merit Scholarship. She remains a member of the Conductor's Guild, Oberlin Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, National Scholars Honor Society, American String Teacher's Association, and Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association.