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Cheng, Ya-Hui

Department: 
Fine Arts, Humanities & Mass Communications
Location: 
Patton Hall 212
Phone: 
478-822-1065
Email: 
Chengy@fvsu.edu
Fax: 
478-825-6286

Dr. Ya-Hui Cheng is the associate professor of Music at Fort Valley State University. She received her BA in Music from Queens College, City University of New York, MA in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Music Theory from Florida State University.

Dr. Cheng won the National Opera Association Dissertation Competition, 2006-2008 Biennial for her dissertation, The Harmonic Representation of the Feminine in Puccini. She is the author of the book—Puccini’s Women: Structuring the Role of Feminine in Puccini’s Operas (Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009), and her articles have appeared in The Opera Journal and Journal of Historic Research in Music Education.

Dr. Cheng was the 2011 awarded Summer Scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities and participated in the Ethnomusicology and Global Culture Seminars at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. Currently she is the associate editor for Analytic Approaches to World Music Journal, the chief editor for the same journal’s Chinese Language Mirror Website, and the co-chairs for the Society for Music Theory, Analysis of World Music Interest Group. She is also the public scholar at Kettering Foundation (2013-2015) in which she has been participating the Higher Education and Communication research project.

Dr. Cheng’s main research interests include exoticism in Italian operas since the late 19th century, the impact of exoticism in Italian operas on music of our times, Hip Hop in globalizing world, and Buddhist music in the Mahayana tradition.

Faculty Bio
Education: 

Dr. Ya-Hui Cheng
Associate Professor of Music
Fort Valley State University

EDUCATION

Florida State University, College of Music
Ph. D. Music Theory (204-2008)
Dissertation: The Harmonic Representation of the Feminine in Puccini
Winner, National Opera Association Dissertation Competition, 2006-2008 Biennium

City College, City University of New York
Enrolled in M. A. Music Theory Degree (2003)
Transferred to Florida State University (2004)

Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. Music Education (2000-2001)
Thesis: The Understanding of the Sonata Allegro Form

Queens College, City University of New York
B. A. Music, Cum Laude (1996-2000)

HONORS & AWARDS

• Public Scholar Award, Kettering Foundation (2013-2015)
• Summer Scholar Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: Co-sponsored by the Society for Ethnomusicology (2011)
• Winner, National Opera Association Dissertation Competition 2006-2008 Biennium
• Minority Travel Grant, Society for Music Theory (2007)
• The William Dabney Gettel Scholarship for a Promising Young Music Theorist, City College, City University (2003)

EDITORAL & PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

• Associate Editor, Analytic Approach to World Music Journal (2013-Present)
• Chief Editor and Lead Translator, Analytic Approach to World Music Journal Chinese (2013-Present)
• Co-Chairs, Society for Music Theory Analysis of World Music Interest Group (2013-Present)
• Program Committee, Society for Music Theory Southeast Annual Meeting (2014)

Publications: 

BOOK
Cheng, Ya-Hui. Puccini’s Women: Structuring the Role of the Feminine in Puccini’s
Operas (Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009)

JOURNAL ARTICLES
Cheng, Ya-Hui. “Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore: Structuring the Role of Puccini’s Prima
Donna Tosca.” The Opera Journal, vol. XL, no. 2 (2007): 3-39.

Cheng, Ya-Hui. “Feminine as Image: Mi chiamano Mimì.” The Opera Journal, vol.
XLIII, no. 1 and 2 (2010): 3-27.

Cheng, Ya-Hui. Book Review. Sanguinetti, Giorgio. The Art of Partimento: History,
Theory, and Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Journal of Historic
Research in Music Education, Vol. 35, no. 1 (2013).

Cheng, Ya-Hui. Chinese Trans. Michael Tenzer, “Temporal Transformations In Cross-
Cultural Perspective: Augmentation in Baroque, Carnatic And Balinese Music”
AAWM 1.1.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Cheng, Ya-Hui. “Music in Migration: Puccini’s Exoticism in Turandot.” Annual Meeting
of the South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society, Georgia State
University, Atlanta, GA (March 1, 2013)

Cheng, Ya-Hui. “Exoticism and Puccini’s Harmonic Language in “Nessun Dorma.”
Fourteen Annual Conference of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, Royal
Conservatory of Antwerp, Antwerp Belgium (April 28, 2012)

Cheng, Ya-Hui. “Music Theory Curriculum at HBCUs, Historically Black Colleges and
Universities.” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant at
Wesleyan University Music Department, Middletown, CT (July 1, 2011)

Cheng, Ya-Hui. “Something Human’: Dramatic Transformation in Puccini’s Turandot.” Presented at:
• The Seventh Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 & The International Conference of the Society for Music Analysis, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom (July 29, 2011)
• The College Music Society National Conference, Minneapolis, MN (Sept 24, 2010)
• Music Theory Southeast Conference, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC (March 5, 2010)

Cheng, Ya-Hui. “Feminine as Image: The Harmonic Representation of Puccini’s Mimì”
Presented at:
• West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, Scripps College and Pomona College, Claremont, CA (March 6, 2009)
• Music Theory Southeast Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (Feb 28, 2009)

Research Interests: 

Exoticism in Italian operas since the Late 19th Century; Hip Hop in Globalizing World; Buddhist Music in the Mahayana Tradition

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