Recognized for her “big, lavish sound,” flutist Michelle Chang enjoys an active career as a soloist and orchestral musician. She has performed in various venues around the world, from the Bayeux Cathedral in France to Carnegie Hall in New York. As a prize winner in various competitions, including the American Protege International Music Competition, American Fine Arts International Competition, and U.S. Open Music Competition, Michelle is accustomed to a soloistic setting. She was also selected as a finalist in the San Francisco Conservatory’s concerto competition. Michelle performed regularly in orchestra concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on behalf of the prestigious San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for several seasons in collaboration with conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas. Additionally, Michelle spent summers studying orchestral works and chamber music at Marrowstone Music Festival and Domaine Forget. Solo masterclass appearances include ones with Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Marina Piccinini, Denis Bouriakov, and Emmanuel Pahud.
A pedagogue of flute and piano, Michelle emphasizes the usage of music as a method of storytelling. Students learn the mechanics of the instrument and are given tools on how to practice, problem-solve, and ultimately teach themselves. From here, students develop a freedom of expression that manifests itself into a unique narrative told through the language of music.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Michelle studied with Tim Day, principal flutist of the S.F. Symphony. Previous teachers include Isabelle Chapuis and Kris Palmer.