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Pictured is Yan Pang.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Music Composition; minor in Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota
  • M.M., Keyboard Performance, McNally Smith College of Music
  • B.M., Music Composition and Theory, Sichuan Conservatory of Music

Courses Taught

  • Private Piano
  • Piano/Sight-Singing
  • Music Theory


Yan Pang (she/they) is a composer, performer and scholar. Pang's work focuses on intercultural composition and performance. A selection of her varied publications includes the album Glory Times (as songwriter and music director) by the China Science & Cultural Audio and Video Publishing House, the scores Nowhere Home and The Others by Contemporary Music Score Collection 2020, UCLA, the peer-reviewed paper “Scene of Sichuan Opera” (co-author with Mingzhu Song), and the textbooks Cool Math for Hot Music, All About Music, Basic Music Technology and The Future of Music (co-authored Guerino Mazzola et al.) by Springer.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Associations and Memberships

  •  Member and former program curator, American Composers Forum

Published Musical Scores and Recordings

  • Yan Pang, "Qin Song," Violone in G 2.0, A Comprehensive Collection of Violone Contemporary Works, 2020, Da Vinci Publishing.
  • Yan Pang, "For Archie," Contemporary Music Score Collection 2020, UCLA.
  • Yan Pang, "Nowhere Home," Contemporary Music Score Collection 2020, UCLA.
  • Yan Pang, "The Others," Contemporary Music Score Collection 2020, UCLA.
  • Mingzhu Song and Yan Pang, "Twinkle Little Sichuan Opera," More Variations on the Theme of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" for Piano, 2017, Shanghai Conservatory of Music Press.

Commissioned Compositions

Dance and Music Composition
  • Dancing Upstream, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 2019
  • Pinarchy, University of Minnesota Arts Quarter Festival, 2018
  • The Others, University of Minnesota Dance Composition Showcase III, 2018
  • The Moon and I, University of Minnesota Dance Composition Showcase II, 2017
Music for Dance
  • Now Streaming for synthesizer, percussions, electronics, 2021
  • Ground Theory for voice, percussions, synthesizer, electronics, 2021
  • Dancing Upstream for piano, electronics, 2019
  • The Others for four players2018
  • Pinarchy for piano, 2018
Music for Orchestra and Band
  • For Archie, 2019
Chamber and Choral Music
  • Nowhere Home for clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano, 2018
  • The Hard Road for saxophone quartet, 2016
  • Solis Ortus for flute, trumpet, violin and cello, 2016

Selected Performances

Dance Performance
  • Reeling Shadow, Swaying Moon, Dance Musician Showcase, Minneapolis, Minn., 2019
  • Death Mints, Zeitgeist Halloween Festival, Saint Paul, Minn., 2019
  • Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek, University of Minnesota, 2016
Music Improvisation
  •  International Society of Improvised Music Festival, Châteaud'Oex, Switzerland, 2015
  •  ImprovIsAn'Do, Belgrade, Serbia, 2015


  • Guerino Mazzola, Jason Noer, Yan Pang, et. al. The Future of Music: Towards a Computational Musical Theory of Everything, Springer, 2020.
  • Guerino Mazzola, Yan Pang, et. al. Basic Music Technology, Springer, 2018.
  • Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang, et. al. All About Music, Springer, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles or Book Chapters

  • Pedelty, Mark, Rebecca Dirksen, Tara Hatfield, Yan Pang and Elja Roy, Field to Media: Applied Ecomusicology in the Anthropocene," Journal of Popular Music Studies, Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • Mingzhu Song and Yan Pang, "The Comprehensive Analysis of Sense of Sichuan Opera," Collected Papers of 100 Professors, 2014, Sichuan People's Publishing House, Second Prize, China National Art Education Award, 2013. 

Conference Presentations and Guest Lectures

  • "Dr. Yan Pang St. Olaf Band Discussion," Composer Q&A, 2020.
  • "Women Composer in Opera," Panel discussion with Laura Kamsky, Mitra Sadeghpour, Rebecca Blackwell, 2019, University of Minnesota.
  • "Music for Dance," Guest lecture, 2019, University of Minnesota.
  • "Waterlines, Melody Lines and the Environmental Imagination: Mobilizing Community Through Music," The Conference on Communication and Environment, 2019, Vancouver, Canada.
  • "China Meets the West: The Musical Life of Ming-zhu Song," Aspen Composers Conference, 2016, Aspen, Colo.

Research Interests

  • Music (composition, performance, scholarship)
  • Theatre arts and dance (collaborations)  

Grants and Scholarships

  • Flexible Support, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, 2021-22 
  • Equity Response, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, 2021-22 
  • Creative Support for Individuals, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2021
  • Hinge Arts Residency, Springboard for the Arts, 2021
  • People's Center Artist Call, Springboard for the Arts, 2020
  • Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation, Springboard for the Arts, 2020
  • MRAC Next Step Fund Award, McKnight Foundation, 2020
  • Humanities Without Walls, Mellon Foundation, 2018-20
  • Americans for the Arts Annual Convention Scholarship, McKnight Foundation, 2019 

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