Au Yong

Byron Au Yong

Assistant Professor, Music Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4368 Masonic 202A


Byron Au Yong (歐陽良仁) creates 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 and political all at once." Seattle Weekly says his “interdisciplinary works are as exquisite and imaginative as they are unclassifiable.” Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Au Yong creates with an attention to acoustic ecology, the American dream, and the ways people connect with the places they call home.

Highlights include Activist Songbook (Asian Arts Initiative, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Montalvo Arts Center), Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre), Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas (Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts) and Piano Concerto–Houston (Counter Current Festival). He has been composer-in-residence with the A/P/A Institute at NYU, the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers, Lucas Artists Residency, Theatre Works, Westminster Choir College, and Sundance Institute.

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

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

Shimakawa, Karen. “Staging a Moving Map in Byron Au Yong’s and Aaron Jafferis’s Stuck Elevator.” Neoliberalism and Global Theatres, 2012, 97–112.

Au Yong, Byron. “Thinking of Gloria’s Cause through an Empire of Illusion.” On the Boards Journal, December 7, 2010.

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