Au Yong

Byron Au Yong

Associate Professor

Program Coordinator • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4368 Masonic 202A


Composer Byron Au Yong (歐陽良仁) writes music for chamber ensembles, moving choirs, contemporary dance, short films, museum installations, site-specific locations, taiko groups, and theater performances. Variety calls his work "claustrophobic and expansive, intimate and existential, personal andpolitical all at once." Highlights include Activist Songbook (Asian ArtsInitiative, Hopkins Center for the Arts, International Festival of Arts & Ideas), Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre), Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas (Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts) and Piano Concerto–Houston (CounterCurrent Festival).

Au Yong has been an artist-in residence with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers, Lucas Artists Residency, Sundance Institute, and Yale Institute for MusicTheater. His research and teaching incorporate acoustic ecology, deep listening, ethical entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, music theory, and the performing arts. The Seattle Weekly says Au Yong's “interdisciplinary works are as exquisite andimaginative as they are unclassifiable.”

New York University, MFA in Musical Theatre Writing, 2005
University of California, Los Angeles, MA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance, 2003
University of Washington, BA/BM in Music Composition/Theory, 1996
Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts
Teaching Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
Public Program Manager, Wing Luke Museum
Selected Publications

Au Yong, Byron. "Making ​Activist Songbook​ Virtual," Journal of Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Scholarship, Vol. 4, No. 4 (2021). 

Au Yong, Byron. "Mò Shēng 墨声 Ink Sound." UCLA: Music Library. (2020). 

Au Yong, Byron. "Welladay! Welladay! Wayward Love Songs." UCLA: Music Library. (2020). 

Rao, Nancy Yunhwa. “Asian Americans in Opera: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” Oxford Research Encyclopedias, January 2020. 

Au Yong, Byron. “Challenging Nostalgia: Unveiling the Ghosts of Seattle's Nippon Kan.” TDR/The Drama Review 48, no. 2 (2004): 91–107. 

Awards & Distinctions

Artist Trust Fellowship

Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award

Creative Capital Award

MAP Fund Award

Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellow

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Award

Time Warner Foundation Fellowship