National and international award-winning composer Stella Sung's compositions are performed throughout the United States and abroad. Sung was the first Composer-in-Residence for the Orlando (FL) Philharmonic Orchestra (2008–2011) and continues to serve as Composer-in-Residence for Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL). As a recent recipient of a Music Alive award, Dr. Sung will become the Composer-in-Residence for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. During the course of her three-year residency, she will be creating new works for orchestra, ballet, and opera.
Dr. Sung holds the Bachelor of Music degree (piano performance) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), the Master of Fine Arts degree (Composition) from the University of Florida, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (piano performance) from the University of Texas at Austin. Her piano teachers included Theodore Lettvin, Louis Nagel, Gary Wolf, and David Renner. She studied composition with John D. White, Edward Troupin, Donald Grantham, and Eugene Kurtz. Dr. Sung has been recognized by the University of Florida as a Distinguished Alumna and an Alumna of Outstanding Achievement, and she has also received a Distinguished Achievement Award from UF.
She is director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE) at the University of Central Florida and is Professor of Music in UCF's School of Visual Arts and Design (Digital Media), College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Sung holds a "Pegasus" Professorship, the highest honor awarded to distinguished faculty members at the University of Central Florida.
The Residency of Stella Sung is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their presentation of new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.