Composer and mezzo-soprano Faye Chiao’s music has been described as “lush” and “exquisitely misty in coloring” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun).  An award-winning composer of concert music, opera, and musical theater, Chiao’s work explores the intersection of music and drama. 

Most recently, Chiao received a 2017 OPERA America Discovery Grant for Female Composers to develop her original opera Island of the Moon (libretto by Anton Dudley). Recent Performances Include: 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]. Chiao is currently Artist-in-Residence (alongside librettist Anton Dudley) at the Boston Chamber Symphony and Composer-in-Residence at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. She has new musical commissions from Toronto’s Musical Stage Company and commercial producer Party Gil, LLC. As a performer, Chiao is a founding member of the Corvus Chamber Ensemble, who performs regularly in venues along the East Coast. Chiao holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and is a member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Workshop.

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