Stella Sung, Professor, Director of UCF's CREATE

School of Visual Arts and Design

Stella Sung

Dr. Stella Sung has been recognized as an American composer of national and international stature. She is a Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida’s Department of Digital Media and is the director of UCF’s Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE).

Sung also currently serves as Composer-in-Residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Dance Alive National Ballet in Gainesville, Fla.

She is the recipient of the 2007-10 Phi Kappa Phi National Artist’s Award and has received numerous recognitions and awards from regional, national and international arts and music organizations. Sung’s works are performed regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and most recently in South Africa.

Sung continues an active teaching career while developing interests in research and applications of music in new media. Sung is also the composer for several films (feature and documentary), and develops music for video games. In April 2006, she released a CD titled Karma, which features new compositions mixed in surround sound. Sung is creating a new genre of music that she is calling “Immersive Ambience,” which utilizes surround sound mixing and which will become an important aspect of her future work.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music (piano performance) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a Master of Fine Arts degree (composition) from the University of Florida and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (piano performance) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sung has been recognized as a “Distinguished Alumna” and an “Alumna of Outstanding Achievement” from the University of Florida, and received a “Distinguished Achievement Award” from UF in 2005. Sung is a member of several professional organizations including the scholastic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority (as an honorary member); the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); and the College Music Society.

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