Au Yong

Byron Au Yong

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


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 and imaginative 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

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts
  • Teaching Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Public Program Manager, Wing Luke Museum

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

Selected Publications