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B.A., Yale University
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Courses Taught

Music, Sound, and Theory

Music Theory in Practice

InterArts Ensemble


Introduction to Music Composition

Experiments in Sound


Yiheng Yvonne Wu

Assistant Professor of Music - Sabbatical Spring 2020   608-363-2374   Hendricks Center for the Arts #218

Composer Yvonne Wu investigates poetic and physical qualities of instrumental sounds, juxtaposing varied sonic characters through unconventional musical forms. Recent projects have also incorporated dance, art installation, American Sign Language, spoken poetry, and video. She has received commissions from the La Jolla Symphony, Arraymusic (Toronto), the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, and Figmentum (San Diego), among others. Her music has been performed by MIVOS string quartet (NYC), (Chicago), Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble (Boston), the University of Washington Percussion Ensemble, and Ensemble SurPlus (Germany) and featured in the WasteLAnd concert series (Los Angeles), the University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival, New Music on the Bayou (Louisiana), SoundSCAPE Festival (Italy), and Aspen Music Festival. Dreams of a Young Piano, for solo piano with chamber ensemble, was awarded the 2018 Judith Lang Zaimont Prize (International Alliance for Women in Music). Her string quartet Utterance, released on Carrier Records, won the 5th Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize.

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