Tiffany Chang ’09

  • Assistant Professor of Conducting
  • Conductor of Arts and Sciences Orchestra

Areas of Study

Education

  • DMA, Boston University
  • MME, Oberlin Conservatory
  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory

Biography

Taiwanese American conductor Tiffany Chang cultivates an international reputation of exceptional versatility, vision, and integrity. Recipient of the 2020 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and the 2017 Winner of the American Prize in Opera Conducting, Chang was featured in a residency at the Dallas Opera’s 2019 Hart Institute for Women Conductors.

Chang is assistant professor of conducting and conductor of the Arts and Sciences Orchestra at Oberlin Conservatory. She also holds the position of assistant professor at Berklee College of Music.

Chang previously served terms as interim director of orchestral studies at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and acting director of orchestral activities at Boston University.

She remains active as the music director/conductor for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center’s Opera Project and founder and conductor of the New England Repertory Orchestra. She has been engaged by 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, and Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras.

She is frequently involved as a clinician and guest conductor for music festivals nationally and internationally.

Chang studied orchestral conducting with David Hoose and Bridget-Michaele Reischl; other mentors include Carlo Montanaro, Emmanuel Villaume, Nicole Paiement, Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Robert Spano, Gunther Schuller, Ann Howard Jones, Larry Rachleff, and Donald Schleicher.

She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting at Boston University and studied cello performance, music education, composition, and music theory at Oberlin Conservatory.

Her work has earned her the Kahn Career Entry Award, Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, Berklee Collaboration Grant, Theodore Presser Scholarship, and Ernest Hatch Wilkins Memorial Prize.

During the global pandemic, Chang conducted the Oberlin Arts and Sciences Orchestra in a broadcasted performance that premiered on YouTube. The virtual concert featured the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rachel Waddell, and the University of Rochester Chamber Singers conducted by Julie Covach. The program included music from the Hollywood film Captain Marvel by Pinar Toprak, the Haunted Topography by David T. Little, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80.

Discover Oberlin Arts and Sciences Orchestra (OASO).

  • 2020 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award
  • 2017 American Prize in Conducting, community opera division
  • Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award
  • Kahn Career Entry Award
  • Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship
  • Berklee Collaboration Grant
  • Theodore Presser Scholarship
  • Ernest Hatch Wilkins Memorial Prize.

Fall 2021

Oberlin College Arts and Sciences Orchestra — APST 726

News

A Conversation with Phlox Ensemble Conductor Sophia Bass

January 30, 2020

The Phlox ensemble, an orchestra and choir promoting women and trans individuals in classical music, is an intensive winter term project that provides a space for students of traditionally underrepresented gender identities and those with a commitment to gender inclusion to engage with classical music.