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Chia-Yu Hsu

  • Associate Professor of Music-Composition
  • Music + Theatre Arts
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Born in Banciao, Taiwan, Dr. Hsu is an active composer of contemporary concert music. Dr. Hsu has been interested in deriving inspirations from different materials, such as poems, myths, and images. Particularly, however, it is the combination of Chinese elements and western techniques that is a hallmark of her music. Dr. Hsu's music has been recognized with awards from IAWM Search for New Music, the Copland House, KH Tan Competition, Lynn University, music+culture (2009 International Competition), the Sorel Organization (2nd International Medallion Choral Composition Competition and recording grant), the International Harp Society (7th USA International Harp Composition Competition), ASCAP (Morton Gould Young Composer Awards), the Maxfield Parrish Composition Contest, and the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, among others. Her orchestral works have been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Detroit, the San Francisco, the Spokane, the Toledo Symphony Orchestras, the Nashville Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Chamber works have appeared on programs of the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Prism Quartet and Ciompi Quartet.Dr. Hsu received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, Master's degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University and Ph.D. at Duke University. She has also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Aspen Music Festival, Fontainebleau Schools, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Her teachers have included Jennifer Higdon, David Loeb, Roberto Sierra, Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Anthony Kelley, Scott Lindroth, and Stephen Jaffe.Dr. Hsu's research deals primarily with Asian composers, focusing especially on the concept of cultural fusion. She examines different compositional styles that synthesize Chinese and Western elements to create a new musical aesthetic.

Teaching Interests
  • MUSI 150 Beginning Composition
  • MUSI 325 Orchestration
  • MUSI 309 Electronic Music
  • MUSI 260/460 Contemporary Ensemble
  • MUSI 170/370 Applied Composition
  • MUSI 246 Written Theory III
  • MUSI 248 Written Theory IV
  • B.A., The Curtis Institute of Music
  • M.A., Yale School of Music
  • A.D., Yale School of Music
  • Ph.D., Duke University