Taiwanese-American conductor Tiffany Chang is determined to improve ensemble work culture for musicians and to help artists pursue purpose so they can feel fulfilled every day.
Chang is recognized internationally for her exceptional artistry, formidable versatility, and unshakable integrity that lead people to accomplish things they once thought were impossible. Her innovative creativity on the podium naturally elicits the best work from any musician, while her refreshing perspectives as a leader give people the power to feel like their work matters.
Awarded a 2020 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Chang serves as artist-faculty at two major institutions across the United States, Oberlin Conservatory as Conductor of the Oberlin Arts and Sciences Orchestra and Berklee College of Music as Associate Professor. Her visionary leadership at both institutions had transformative impact that had local communities take immediate notice.
Equally adept in opera, she garnered significant attention at The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors in 2019 and was named winner of The American Prize in Opera Conducting in 2017. She also served ten seasons as Music Director/Conductor for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center’s (NEMPAC) Opera Project in Boston and served as guest conductor in productions at Boston University and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.
Her versatility continues to encompass frequent appearances with new music ensembles, such as the Dinosaur Annex Contemporary Ensemble, ALEA III, Xanthos Ensemble, and she has been invited to present a pioneering orchestral work she commissioned during the pandemic to be performed entirely on Zoom at the 2021 New Music Gathering.
She has additionally been engaged by BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, OperaHub, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Parkway Concert Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras, Boston University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, among others.
Chang studied 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 holds a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from Boston University and degrees from Oberlin Conservatory in cello performance, music education, composition, and music theory.
Sought-after as a webinar panelist and speaker, Chang recently began sharing her passion for leadership and work culture in her blog “Conductor as CEO.” Visit www.tiffanychang.net for more.