Pianist Jocelyn Chang came to the United States after making her piano concerto debut in the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, winning an array of awards and having her performances broadcast nationally. As a passionate chamber musician, Jocelyn has collaborated with musicians and faculty artists of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), and the USC Thornton School of Music. One of her recent engagements also included a concert tour with Grawemeyer award winning composer Chinary Ung.
Her accolades and top prizes include the Taiwan National Piano Competition, the SinoPac Young Artist Piano Competition, the Taipei Piano Competition, the National Taiwan Normal University Piano Concerto Competition, the Taiwan Pace Young Musician Awards, the Taiwan National Chamber Music Competition, the Taipei Double Bass Competition, and the Taiwan National Double Bass Competition. She has also garnered numerous awards and scholarships including the USC Thornton School of Music Dean’s Full Scholarship, USC Thornton School of Music Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Gabriel Mekler Memorial Endowed Music Scholarship, USC Thornton Board of Advisors Mentorship Program, the Claire and Allan Jensen Endowed Scholarship, Peabody Conservatory Scholarship, KAWAI Music Scholarship, and the National Taiwan 228 Memorial Scholarship. Additionally, she was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society.
Chang holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Distinction from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she majored in Piano Performance with concentrations in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Double Bass Performance, and Music Education. She received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the National Taiwan Normal University, where she majored in Piano Performance with a minor in Double Bass Performance. Chang was enrolled in Taiwan’s government program for musically gifted young musicians. She has also studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus. Through her academic journey, she was under the tutelage of Daniel Pollack, Stewart Gordon, Boris Slutsky, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, and Zoia Kocharskaya.
Chang has been invited to teach piano masterclasses including Northern Illinois University and the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC). She has also been frequently invited to serve as judge for many piano competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Piano Competition, Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Piano Competition, United States Open Music Competition, Southwestern Youth Music Festival Competition (SYMF), Liana Cohen Music Festival Competition, La Sierra University Concerto Competition, Musical Arts Piano Competition of Orange County, and Diamond Bar Performing Arts Challenge Competition.
Jocelyn continues to fully devote herself to teaching and performing. She has taught at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and was presented as a Model Teacher. From 2010-2015, she taught at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and served as Director of Keyboard Studies as well as Faculty Advisor of both the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) - CSUSB Collegiate Chapter and the Piano Society at CSUSB. She was also Executive Director of the Distinguished Artists Series at CSUSB.
Dr. Chang joined the Pasadena City College as a full-time piano faculty member in 2015 and is passionate about dedicating herself to the Piano Department and students at Pasadena City College.