Faye Chiao 2017-2018 Composer-in-Residence


We are delighted to welcome acclaimed composer Faye Chiao as St. David's 2017-2018 Composer-in-Residence! Both a composer and a mezzo-soprano, Faye Chiao’s music has been described as “lush” and “exquisitely misty in coloring” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun).  An award-winning composer of concert music, opera, and musical theater, Chiao’s work explores the intersection of music and drama. You may have heard Chiao's setting of Ave Verum Corpus, commissioned by St. David's, before – the choir performed the work under the direction of Douglas Buchanan at the 2017 Ash Wednesday service and the joint concert with Handel Choir of Baltimore.

The Choir of St. David's under the direction of Douglas Buchanan

performs Faye Chiao's Ave Verum Corpus, commissioned by St. David's, March 2017

Some of Dr. Chiao's recent works include:
• Rhyme & Punishment, a musical comedy song cycle (with book and lyrics by Anton Dudley
• Dotty, a ten-minute musical (with book and lyrics by Mark Chmiel) 
• To See the Stars, a multi-media dramatic song cycle celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Hubble Space Telescope (created in partnership with the Maryland Science Center and The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum) 
Songs and music for Single Carrot Theater’s production of Utopia Parkway, by Charles L. Mee 

Recent commissions include moments colorés for the Lunar Ensemble; flo for violinist Miranda Cuckson; one story for The Johns Hopkins University; In Reflection for The Catholic University of America; and five for playing commissioned by the Ernest Bloch Festival.  Chiao’s first multi-media work, prophecy, a collaboration with author Catherine Chung, was in installation at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Germany last October. 
Chiao has been honored with the Ada Arwens Morawetz Memorial Award in Composition, The Presser Music Award, and the prestigious Randolph S. Rothschild Scholarship in composition at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. 



The Corvus Ensemble performs Faye Chiao's All That Light, Faye Chiao, Mezzo-Soprano
As a performer, Chiao has performed chamber music and art song recitals around the country. 
Chiao particularly enjoys playing and touring with The Corvus Ensemble, which also features cellist Suzanne Saba and pianist Stefan Petrov. Chiao has studied at The Peabody Institute, The Catholic University of America, and Georgetown University, and is currently a composer in The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.


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