Praised for her exceptional artistry, formidable versatility, and unshakeable integrity, Taiwanese-American conductor Tiffany Chang helps musicians feel valued, seen and fulfilled.
Having made recent debuts at Portland Opera and Opera Columbus conducting Puccini’s Tosca, she has been recognized internationally by the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2022, 2020), OPERA America Grant for Women Stage Directors and Conductors (2021), and The American Prize in Opera Conducting (2017). She was also twice invited to conduct at The Dallas Opera as part of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors.
Chang is an active collaborator with composers and new music ensembles, such as the Dinosaur Annex New Music Ensemble, ALEA III, and Xanthos Ensemble. As an innovative producer during the pandemic, she reimagined a digital production of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy that won Category Winner of the Year at the LIT Talent Awards. Her pioneering live-to-Zoom orchestral commission also continue to garner attention, having recently been featured at the New Music Gathering and The Arc Project.
Chang also authors a blog called Conductor as CEO, where she takes ideas that have helped other industry leaders succeed and shares how we can apply them as arts leaders. Her “refreshing and thoughtful” leadership on and off the podium has led her to become an active speaker and contributor for diverse organizations, such as the Canton Symphony, Girls Who Conduct, Sound Mind, Boston Conservatory, Notes from the Podium, PM World Journal, and Routledge Publishing. In 2021, she completed Seth Godin’s altMBA program and joined a unique cohort of global leaders and change-makers.
Having first began her career as a professor, Chang has served on the artist-faculty at Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. She was Music Director/Conductor for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center’s (NEMPAC) Opera Project for ten seasons and has been engaged by BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, OperaHub, College Light Opera Company, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Parkway Concert Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras, among others.
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.
Other notable awards include the Kahn Career Entry Award, Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, Theodore Presser Scholarship, and Ernest Hatch Wilkins Memorial Prize. Chang holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from Boston University and 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.
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