Dartmouth, MA (March 31, 2014) -- UMass Dartmouth Department of Music Assistant Professor and composer and virtuoso erhu artist, Dr. Jing Wang, has received the rare honor to become a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Wang receives one of the highest awards an artist in any discipline can receive. The MacDowell Colony supports residencies for cutting-edge people in diverse disciplines such as visual arts, writing, film, poetry, music composition, and architecture.
Dr. Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music teaching electroacoustic music, composition, and music theory. She was born in China and has participated in numerous musical communities, as a composer and a performer of diverse styles of music. Her compositions have been selected and presented in China, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Canada, and throughout the United States. They have also been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and Electro-acoustic Miniatures International Contest in Spain. One of her compositions "Weathered Edges of Time" is selected for inclusion in the collection of French National Library. She was the winner of 2006 Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music. As an active erhu performer, she has introduced the Chinese indigenous erhu into Western contemporary music scene with her wide array of compositions for chamber ensemble, avant-garde jazz improvisations, and multicultural ensembles. She has also successfully performed erhu concertos with several symphony orchestras in the United States.
More than 6,900 artists have been awarded Fellowships to the Colony, since its inception in 1907, by composer Edward MacDowell and his wife Marian MacDowell. It was the first artist colony in the United States. MacDowell Fellows have won more than 65 Pulitzer Prizes, a dozen MacArthur Foundation "Genius Awards," and scores of Rome Prizes, Guggenheims, National Book Awards, Academy Awards, GRAMMY Awards, and Sundance prizes.
For video of Dr. Wang's performances, visit www.jingwangmusic.com/Performances.html