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).

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 a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (piano performance) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sung was the first composer-in-residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-11), served as composer-in-residence with the Dayton (Ohio) Performing Arts Alliance (2013-16), and serves as composer-in-residence for 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. Her works are performed regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.

Sung continues an active teaching career while developing interests in research and applications of music in new media. She also is the composer for several films (feature and documentary), and develops music for video games.

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. She 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. She is a recipient of the “Music Alive” award sponsored by New Music USA, the League of American Orchestras, ASCAP, the Aaron Copland Fund, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

For more than a decade Sung has been using digital and multi-media applications in her concert and symphonic compositions, music for dance and ballet, and recent operas that include the use of advanced projection techniques and other stage design concepts using technology.

New projects include an orchestral work for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (summer 2017), and other scores for film and video games.

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