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Dr. Chih-Chen Wei

College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Oliphant Hall 203


Chih-Chen Wei is an active composer.  Her composition "Between Stream and Hills V - Odyssey" is available in the album "Viola Works by American Female Composers," Centaur Records (CRC 3332), recorded by violist Hsiaopei Lee and pianist Chialing Hsieh; “Farewell” in the album “Ten Poems”, recorded by flutiest Cheng-Yu Wu (Ho Kuan; TAS001).

Her abstract, “Synergy: Western Musical Practice and Asian Aesthetics,” was selected by American Viola Society 2016, and was presented at Oberlin Conservatory.  Her composition “Odyssey” was featured in the lecture-recital “New Music for Viola by Victoria Bond and Chih-Chen Wei,” in Music by Women Festival 2017.  Her proposal, “Old Wine, New Bottle?” was invited to a lecture-recital in 45th International Viola Congress, and will be presented in 2018 in Rotterdam, Holland, hosted by The Dutch Viola Society.

Her compositions has been played by Taipei philharmonic Youth orchestra, HsinYi Symphony Orchestra, Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Yichih trio, soprano Stacey Fraser, tenor Andrew Crane, flutiest Glendy Chien, percussionist Nick Terry, clarinetist Lori Baruch, bassoonist David Oyen, harpist Cindy Chen, pianist Slawomir P. Dobrzanski, Charleen Liu, Kelly Anderson, Jocelyn Hua-Chen Chang, Amber Liao and among others.

Her works have been selected and performed in the concert of Clarinetfest 2016 by Trifecta! at the Swarthout Recital Hall,  Lawrence, Kansas; the American Viola Society Festival 2016 in Oberlin Conservatory; Sound of Dragon Music Festival 2015, Toronto, Canada; Society of Composers, Inc., Region VI Conference at Oklahoma City University and Kansas State University (2010), UCM New Music Festival 2011 at University of Central Missouri; 7th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco (2009); Asian Composers League in Korea (2009); New Music Concert, All Faiths Chapel, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Kansas State University (2015);  National Association of Composers/USA in Los Angeles; Cantai Music Festival in Taipei; Thailand International Composition Festival (2008); National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Festival (2010), and among others.

Born in Taiwan, Chih-Chen Wei completed Doctor of Musical Arts with academic honors and distinction, Pi Kappa Lambda, from the University of Southern California.  Her composition mentors include Chinary Ung, Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Paul Chihara, Ian Krouse, Fang-Long Ko, Shyh-ji Chew, and Ting-Lien Wu.  Currently, she teaches Music Theory at Chapman University in Southern California.