Faye Chiao

Associate Professor
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Faye Chiao is a composer and performer of musical theater, opera, and concert music. Honored with awards from the Presser Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and OPERA America, Chiao has been an artist in residence at the John Duffy Institute for New Opera (at the Virginia Arts Festival) and the Boston Chamber Symphony, as well as a LabWorks artist at the New Victory Theater. Chiao has also received residencies at Barrington Stage Company, the Millay Colony, Bethany Arts Community, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Chiao’s work has been commissioned, produced, and developed by Houston Grand Opera, Two River Theater, Syracuse Stage, Kenyon College, Manhattan School of Music, Prospect Theater, the Playwrights Realm, Single Carrot Theater, Hear Her Song, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and the 24-Hour Musicals. Chiao is a member of Theatre Now New York's Musical Writers Lab, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, Maestra, and MUSE. Chiao holds degrees from Georgetown University and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Career Highlights
  • Composed opera Katie: The Strongest of the Strong (libretto by Anton Dudley) about real-life strongwoman turned suffragette Katie Brumbach, commissioned by and premiered at Houston Grand Opera
  • Developed a new opera, Island of the Moon (libretto by Anton Dudley), at the John Duffy Institute for New Opera at the Virginia Arts Festival
  • Premiered song cycle, To See the Stars, a multimedia chamber piece celebrating the history of astronomy, in the Einstein Planetarium of the National Air and Space Museum
  • Working on two new musicals, Fountain of You and The Lonely Doll (book and lyrics by Tasha Gordon-Solmon), that put complicated women front and center
  • Recipient of the Presser Music Award from the Presser Foundation
  • Recipient of an Opera America Female Composer Discovery Award
  • Recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant
  • B.S., Georgetown University in physics
  • D.M.A., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University