DR. JOCELYN CHANG
Office: Center for the Arts - CA202B
Phone: (626) 585-7370
Pianist Jocelyn Chang came to the United States after making her acclaimed piano concerto debut in the National Concert Hall in her native Taiwan. In Taiwan, she was a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the Taiwan National Piano Competition, the SinoPac Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Taiwan National Chamber Music Competition. Equally accomplished as a double-bassist, she received awards in the Taipei Double Bass Competition and the Taiwan National Double Bass Competition. Her performances have been broadcast nationally in Taiwan. Since coming to America, she has been heard in chamber music concerts, collaborating with musicians and faculty artists of such institutions as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and the USC Thornton School of Music in innovative programs that have ranged from the complete Beethoven and Brahms violin sonatas to new music. She is a member of the LotusFlower New Music project. Her performances have included a concert tour of the Midwest featuring music of the Grawemeyer Award winning composer Chinary Ung. Dr. Chang has recorded for the Austrian ein Klang label.
Chang holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with distinction from the University of Southern California in Piano Performance with a secondary concentration in Keyboard Collaborative Arts and Double Bass Performance. She received her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the National Taiwan Normal University, where she majored in Piano Performance with a minor in Double Bass Performance. She has also studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus. Her musical mentors have included Daniel Pollack, Stewart Gordon, Boris Slutsky, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, En Wang, Ren-Jen Wang, and Zoia Kocharskaya.
In addition to performing, Dr. Chang is equally committed as an educator. She has served as Assistant Lecturer in the Keyboard Studies Department at University of Southern California. From 2010-2015, she taught at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and served as Director of Keyboard Studies as well as Faculty Advisor of both the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) - CSUSB Collegiate Chapter and the Piano Society at CSUSB. She was also Executive Director of the Distinguished Artists Series at CSUSB. She has taught master classes at Northern Illinois University, Aletheia University in Taipei, and for the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC). She has been frequently invited to serve as judge for competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Piano Competition, MTAC, United States Open Music Competition, Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF), and Liana Cohen Music Festival Competition. Dr. Chang joined Pasadena City College as a full-time piano faculty member in 2015, and she enjoys a rewarding career as a performer and teacher.