In the lead-up to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, on December 17, 2020, The Spartanburg Festival Chorus and Converse Chorale will combine to celebrate the composer's musical legacy and…Find out more »
A highly acclaimed and prolific composer, and a noted conductor, Michael Ching has written works performed by opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States. Described as “compelling,” “ provocative,” and “uplifting,” with passages of “sheer poetry,” Mr. Ching’s compositions have been presented by OperaDelaware, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Memphis, Chicago Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Dayton Opera, Triangle Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Anchorage Opera, Texas Opera Theater, the Atlanta Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Memphis Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony, among others.
His comic one act opera, Speed Dating Tonight, premiered at the Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company in 2013. Mr. Ching’s works have received several NEA grants and funding by “Meet the Composer.” One of the most prominent students of American composers Robert Ward and Carlisle Floyd, Mr. Ching is the current President of the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera which provides fellowships for young composers.