2018 ASCAP Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop

Ching-Shan Chang


Ching-Shan (professionally known as J.C.) was born in New Taipei City, Taiwan. She started her music career as a pianist at the age of 5 and as a composer at 7. At the age of 12, she started her early musical education with Prof. Shi-Wen Gordon Chin. One of her most notable compositions, Whoop of the sea, winning the final round in the international level in Junior Original Concert held by YAMAHA representing Taiwan in 2005 marked a milestone that drove her further.

In 2006, she won the special prize of the 11 th Taipei International Chopin Piano Competition. She gave salon concerts at different venues since then through the suggestion of her mentor, Anna Azusa Fujita, the chairman of the organization. She also conducted her own piece for a wind orchestra, El Carnaval Español at her graduation recital. In 2016. Her winning the first prize, best variations music and best tonal music of The 7 th International Antonín Dvorák Composition Competition in the junior group in 2016 marked another highlight of her career as a concert music composer. She also won the 2 nd prize of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition with her first orchestral music, When the Sun Rises and was it was performed by the orchestra at the same night.

In 2017, she got her bachelor degree in composition from Eastman School of Music after having studied with Prof. Robert Morris, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn- Muldoon and many more. She also has had lessons with Amy Williams, Jason Eckardt, Nils Vigeland and Eric Moe. Same year, her compositions, In history, in memory and Path to Limbo were both chosen in the final round of the 3 rd International Ravel Composition Competition (Special edition for film music).

Since 2015, she’s been intensively collaborating with filmmakers, animators and game designers. One of the films she scored for, The Glassmaker, directed by Maria Elias in 2016 has marked a highlight in her early film music career as the film was officially selected by Nashville Film Festival, Best Production Design and Honorable Mention from Femujer in Dominican Republic and Best Action/Thriller/Sci-Fi Student Short film in Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards in 2017. The soundtracks also won the best original score from Star Hollywood Festival, Los Angeles Film Awards, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards and silver medal for original score and soundtrack for film & television of Global Music Awards. Another short film directed by Yuan Yao, Magenta, which she scored for, was screened in NewFilmmakers in New York. Her music has been widely performed around the world including Taipei, San Francisco, Beijing and many more. Her soundtrack, In History, in memory for violin solo and orchestra was performed by Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jakub Zicha and Marie Mátlová on the violin solo in Czech Republic in the winners’ concert in 2017.

Same year, she started her master’s degree in scoring for film and multimedia at New York University Steinhardt studying with Chris Hajian; she was also humbled to be selected as one of the participating composers in NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Woman in Music Scholarship from Sorel Organization.


2018 ASCAP Columbia Film Scoring Workshop