About Corey Chang
“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”
-Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
Corey Chang (born 1996) began his musical training began at age 5 at the Neighborhood Music School, where his teachers included Mary Bloom and Rex Cadwallader for piano, and Jesse Hameen II and Nick Forte for percussion. He began composing when he was thirteen, and in 2014, he attended the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, where he earned a double degree in Composition and Mathematics. While there, he took private lessons with Joan Tower and George Tsontakis and was the holder of the Joan Tower Composition Scholarship. In fall 2019, he will pursue a Master’s Degree in Composition at the Juilliard School of Music studying with Robert Beaser.
Corey has attended various summer composition programs, including Westminster Choir College’s Summer Composition Program, Oberlin’s Summer Composition Program, the Golden Key International Summer Composition Festival, The UPBEAT International Summer Composition Festival, The Curtis Institute Young Artist Summer Program, New Music on the Point, The Atlantic Music Festival, The Mostly Modern Festival, The Brevard Music Festival and The Bowdoin Music Festival. He has had pieces performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, faculty of Curtis’ Young Artist Summer Program, the Euclid String Quartet and students of the Bard College-Conservatory and The Orchestra Now.
In 2009, he entered the New Haven Symphony Orchestra First Young Composer’s Project, where he worked with composer-in-residence Augusta Read Thomas and wrote “Nature’s Release,” for mixed chamber ensemble, to be performed by members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he participated the Second Young Composer’s Project, where he studied privately with Amy Kirsten and attended seminars with Christopher Theofanidis. In 2017, his Brass Quintet No. 1 was performed in a masterclass with Kevin Cobb and in the Hudson Opera House’s “Candide’s Journey” event. His orchestra piece, “Persephone Abducted,” premiered by the Bard Conservatory Orchestra in 2018, was a recipient of a 2019 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.
As a performer of his own pieces, he performed his solo piano piece, “Evening Light,” in Vienna’s Ehrbar Hall as the first prize winner of the Golden Key National Composition Competition. In 2018, he performed his piano piece “Field of Shards” as a commission by the Hudson Valley Music Circle and the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival for Joan Tower’s 80th birthday concerts. As a performer of other composers’ music, he has performed pieces by various 21st century composers such as Chris Cerrone, Gerald Barry, John Harbison, Oliver Knussen and Joan Tower. He was also a finalist in the Bard College-Conservatory Concerto Competition, performing Joan Tower’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
In addition, Corey also has interest in classical voice, taking lessons with tenor Rufus Muller, and arranging Jazz and Popular songs. His hobbies include playing pool and chess.