New Book About Composer Dr. Chen Yi Published

The UMKC Conservatory's world-renowned faculty and composer Dr. Chen Yi is the subject of a new book by Leta E. Miller and J. Michele Edwards, published by University of Illinois Press, titled Chen Yi.

The university press notes on its website,

"Chen Yi is the most prominent woman among the renowned group of new wave composers who came to the US from mainland China in the early 1980s. Known for her creative output and a distinctive merging of Chinese and Western influences, [Dr.] Chen built a musical language that references a breathtaking range of sources and crisscrosses geographical and musical borders without eradicating them."

As a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries, Dr. Chen Yi is a recipient of the Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. She has been Lorena Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor at the UMKC Conservatory since 1998. She was elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2019.