Born in 1970 in Winfield, Illinois, Dorothy Chang began her music studies on piano at age six and began composing at the age of fourteen. She received degrees in composition from the University of Michigan (B.M., M.M.) and the Indiana University School of Music (D.M.). She has served on the music faculty of Indiana State University and is presently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Dorothy's music has been performed by orchestras including the Albany (NY) Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Queens Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony, as well as by chamber ensembles including eighth blackbird, the Smith Quartet (UK), the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, Collage New Music (Boston), North/South Consonance (New York), Music from China, and Toca Loca (Toronto). She has received commissions from the Chamber Music America, the Barlow Endowment, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Canada Council and the British Columbia Arts Council, among others. Her music has been featured in concerts and festivals across North America and abroad, including the PAN Music Festival (Seoul), Lontano Festival (UK), and the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia.
Dorothy has received honors and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the International Alliance for Women in Music, Mu Phi Epsilon, the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Jacob Druckman Orchestra Prize from the Aspen Music Festival. For the 2005-2008 concert seasons, she has been appointed composer-in-residence of the Albany Symphony Orchestra through the Music Alive program of Meet the Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League.