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.