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dr Chen Yi, an internationally recognized Distinguished Professor of Music Composition, is the first Claudette Sorel Visiting Artist for the 2022-23 academic year at the State University of New York at Fredonia, in partnership with the Chautauqua Institution.

In addition to on-campus events at SUNY Fredonia, all of which are free and open to the public, the School of Music is partnering with the Chautauqua Institution to host an evening with Dr. to host Chen’s music.

The residency will begin Thursday at 4 p.m. with an evening of chamber music at the Lenna Recital Hall on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution, featuring works by Dr. Chen and performances by the Fredonia School of Music faculty including Dr. Natasha Farny, Eliran Avni, Andrew Seigel, and Anne Kissel; Associate Professor David Rose, Associate Professor Isabel Ong, Associate Professor Tiffany Nicely, SUNY Distinguished Professor Kay Stonefelt, Drs. Sarah Hamilton and Wildy Zumwalt, Professor Sarah Luebke, répétiteur I-Fei Chen of the School of Music, and alumna Dr. Wenzhuo Zhang, who will play the traditional Chinese instrument Yangquin. The concert will be followed by a celebratory dinner at The Athenaeum with a question and answer session. The concert is a $25 adult ticketed event, free for SUNY Fredonia students. The post-concert celebratory buffet dinner at the Atheneum costs $42.

On Friday, the residency at the SUNY Fredonia Campus will end with a panel discussion on the influences of Chinese music and culture in Dr. Chen’s composition continued at 6 p.m. in the Rosh Recital Hall, moderated by Dr. Rob Deemer, with Dr. Chen, Dr. Zhang and School of Music faculty members Assistant Professor Jessica Tong and Dr. Michael Markham.

On Saturday, the chamber music program originally performed in Chautauqua will be repeated at 8 p.m. in the Rosh Recital Hall on campus.

dr Chen will also meet personally with student musicians who are collaborating on compositions for the second part of Dr. Chen’s residency in February will be working. She will attend composition classes to work with students and student performers and interact with international students.

The music of dr. Chen, who is originally from China, is characterized by a vivid interaction of the cultural references of her youth in China and her career in the United States, with the result crossing musical and cultural boundaries. dr Chen’s music has been commissioned and performed by many of the greatest artists and ensembles, including Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, the Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC and Singapore Orchestras, the Seattle, Pacific and Kansas City Symphony, LA Philharmonic and many more.

dr Chen was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2019, has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, and is currently Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music in Kansas City. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Charles Ives Living Award, first prize in the Chinese National Composition Contest, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Stoeger Prize, the Lili Boulanger Award from the National Women Composers Resource Center, the Herb Alpert Award, the Eddie Medora King Award, and the ASCAP Music Award.

A strong advocate of new music, American composers, Asian composers and women in music, Dr. Chen serves on the advisory or educational committees of the Fromm Foundation, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center and Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy.

More information about dr. Chen’s residency and evolving schedule of events can be found online at The residency will continue on February 1st to 4th 2023.

The inaugural residency is made possible by a grant from the Sorel Charitable Organization through the Fredonia College Foundation in association with the Chautauqua Institution. The Sorel organization has awarded a three-year grant to the Fredonia School of Music to welcome female artists of international importance to campus for a variety of publicly accessible interactive events with students and faculty.

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