Faye Chiao is composer and performer of musical theater, opera, and concert music. Chiao has been honored with The Presser Music Award from The Presser Foundation, the Libby Larsen Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music, and grants from The Puffin Foundation and OPERA America.
Recent Performances Include: Matter of Moments (book and lyrics by Anton Dudley) [Kenyon College]; The Secret Code of Mary Bowser (book and lyrics by Anton Dudley) [Pittsburgh Festival Opera, PA]; Banding Together (book and lyrics by Anton Dudely) [Boston Chamber Symphony, MA]; Rhyme & Punishment (book and lyrics by Anton Dudley) [Playwrights Realm, NY and American Dream Theater, VA]; The Clinic (book & lyrics by Anton Dudley) [Prospect Theater, NY]; Dotty, a ten-minute musical, (book and lyrics by Mark Chmiel) [BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop]; To See the Stars, a multi-media song cycle celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Hubble Space Telescope [The National Air & Space Museum, DC, and The Maryland Science Center, MD].
For the 2019/2020 season, Chiao is a returning New Victory Theater Labworks Artist. For the 2017/2018 season, Chiao served as Composer-In-Residence with the Boston Chamber Symphony and St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. With playwright Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Chiao is currently working on a full-length musical based on the life of children's book author Dare Wright and Fountain of You, an irreverent chamber musical satirizing our preoccupation with youth and beauty, and the patriarchal system underlying it all.
With playwright Anton Dudley, Chiao recently completed a family opera, Katie: The Strongest of the Strong, for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! as well as an original family musical, Baba Yaga and the Firebird, in development with New Victory Theater’s Labworks.
Chiao is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, participated in BMI’s Composing for the Screen Film Scoring Mentorship Program, and holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.