Praised for her exceptional artistry, formidable versatility, and unshakeable integrity, Taiwanese-American conductor Tiffany Chang helps musicians feel valued, seen, and fulfilled.
Having recently made thrilling debuts at Portland Opera and Opera Columbus conducting Puccini's Tosca, Chang 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), The American Prize in Opera Conducting (2017), and LIT Talent Awards Category Winner of the Year (2021). She was also twice invited to conduct at The Dallas Opera as part of the Hart Institute for Women Conductors.
Chang also authors a leadership blog called Conductor as CEO, where she takes ideas that have helped business CEO 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 panelist, speaker, and contributor for arts organizations, such as the Canton Symphony, Girls Who Conduct, Sound Mind, Boston Conservatory, and Notes from the Podium. She also 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, she 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. 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, among others. She also appears frequently with new music ensembles, such as the Dinosaur Annex New Music Ensemble, ALEA III, and Xanthos Ensemble. Her pioneering live-to-Zoom orchestral commission has been recently featured at prominent venues such as New Music Gathering , The Arc Project, and several College Music Society Regional Conferences.
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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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")