Hsiao-Lan Wang composes extensively for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronic media. Her music investigates the fundamental elements of musical communication through new timbral, formal, and technological relationships. Her music has been played by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, among others. Notable recognition from various national and international awards includes Pauline Oliveros Prize and Libby Larsen Prize from International Alliance for Women in Music, Athena Festival Chamber Music Composition Competition, American Composers Forum, Pierre Schaeffer Computer Music Competition (Italy), Craig and Janet Swan Composer Prize for Orchestra, Composers Competition by Chamber Orchestra of Denton, Awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), Logos Foundation (Belgium), Bourges Electro Acoustic Music Festival (France), and Dutch National Radio. She is also a frequent participant at music festivals throughout North America.
In addition to her career as a composer, Dr. Wang extends her musical platform to conducting of orchestral, choral, and contemporary chamber music. Given her special interest in contemporary music, she has continuously conducted works by both developing and established composers of our time, including numerous world premieres. In a performance of her own composition, she conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as her conducting debut. She has served as the associate conductor of Musica Nova new music ensemble at University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Nova Ensemble at University of North Texas, and the Flower Mound Community Orchestras. She was the founding director of the Electric Monster Laptop Ensemble.
Dr. Wang received her BA in Music Composition and Theory from the Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan) in 1999, MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2002, and DMA in composition from the University of North Texas in 2010. She taught composition and music technology at University of North Texas and Montana State University. Advocacy for women’s music has been an area where she devotes much of her energy in recent years. She served between 2008 and 2012 as the president of the International Alliance for Women in Music.