Yan Pang is a composer, scholar, and pianist. She received her Ph.D. in Music Composition with a minor in Theater Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on inter-cultural music composition and performance and, as part of this interest, she has been commissioned to compose for, and invited to perform at music festivals throughout the world. She considers both her music composition and dance choreography as a means to build multicultural understanding and tolerance. Current projects include new works for the Janáček Trio and Sonic Apricity, and composer-choreographer-performer collaborations with Minnesota's Black Label Movement and Mixtape Dance collective. A selection of her varied publications includes the album Glory Times (as songwriter and music director) by the China Scientific & Cultural Audio Video Publishing Company, the score Solis Ortus (winner of the SunRiver International Composition Competition) by the China People’s Cultural Publishing Company, the paper “Scene of Sichuan Opera” (co-author with Mingzhu Song), and the books Cool Math for Hot Music, All About Music, and Basic Music Technology (co-authored Guerino Mazzola et. al.) published by Springer. Currently, Pang is Program Assistant for the American Composers Forum and the Assistant Director of the Alba Music Festival Composition Program.
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