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NEMPAC Music Director Dr. Chang Wins The American Prize in Conducting

Dr. Tiffany Chang, Conductor of the New England Repertory Orchestra (NERO) and Music Director for the North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) Opera Project, is the 2017-18 winner of The American Prize in Conducting in the community opera division.

Dr. Chang was selected from applications reviewed from across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize has attracted hundreds of qualified contestants from all fifty states since its founding, has awarded more than $50,000 in prizes in all categories since 2010, and is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts.

“We wholeheartedly congratulate Dr. Tiffany Chang for this prestigious achievement! Dr. Chang has inspired our community with her musical talent, passion and excellence in display for seven years as the Music Director for NEMPAC’s Opera Project, since its founding in 2011, and we look forward to continuing this partnership,” – Sherri Snow, Executive Director at NEMPAC.

Dr. Tiffany Chang is a versatile, award-winning conductor based in Boston. Dr. Chang serves as Interim Director of Orchestral Studies at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music. She is the conductor of the New England Repertory Orchestra and Music Director for the North End Music & Performing Arts Center’s Opera Project. She also served as Acting Director of Orchestral Activities at Boston University.

Dr. Chang has been engaged with OperaHub, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, ALEA III, Xanthos Ensemble, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and Parkway Concert Orchestra. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from Boston University and degrees in cello performance, music education, composition, and music theory from Oberlin Conservatory. Dr. Chang studied orchestral conducting with David Hoose and Bridget-Michaele Reischl; other mentors include Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Robert Spano, Gunther Schuller, Larry Rachleff, and Donald Schleicher. 

Winners of The American Prize receive cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances. In addition to monetary rewards and written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites, where links will lead to video and audio excerpts of winning performances.

Read the official announcement here.

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) Opera Project was founded in 2011 with a mission to serve Boston’s artistic community of singers, instrumentalists and artistic staff, as well as the general public by providing affordable opera in urban Boston. This initiative produces operas that excite audiences, artists, and the greater community of Boston. 

For more information, please visit NEMPAC’s website and the Opera Project page.