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Jocelyn Hua-Chen Chang

Personal Info

      Pianist Jocelyn Hua-Chen 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.  

      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 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 prestigious government program for musically gifted young musicians.  Additionally, she has also studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus.  Through her academic journey, she was under the tutelage of renowned piano pedagogue Daniel Pollack, Stewart Gordon, Boris Slutsky, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, and Zoia Kocharskaya.

      Chang has been invited to teach piano masterclasses across the United States.  She has also been frequently invited to serve as judge for the piano competitions, which include 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, Liana Cohen Music Festival Competition, La Sierra University Concerto Competition, Musical Arts Piano Competition of Orange County, Diamond Bar Performing Arts Challenge Competition, and Southern California Junior Bach Festival.

      With twenty years of teaching experience, Jocelyn continues to fully devote herself to teaching and performing.  She taught class piano and individual piano lessons under the direction of Dennis Thurmond at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.  For her accomplishments and effectiveness as an educator, USC has presented her as a Model Teacher.  Dr. Chang is very proud and honored to be on the piano faculty of Pasadena City College.  She also holds the faculty position and serves 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 California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).  Dr. Chang is Executive Director of the Distinguished Artists Series at CSUSB.  To learn more about Jocelyn Hua-Chen Chang and the upcoming events, please visit her official website at