Alan Chan

Alan Chan is a multi-faceted composer with a goal to break away from the rigid definitions of style and identity in order to create his own. His music has been recognized with honors and funding from Los Angeles County Arts Commission, American Composers Forum (ACF), ASCAP, Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Society of Composers, Inc., Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH), among others. His works have been featured in Percussive Arts Society International Conference, National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, International Jazz Composers' Symposium (Tempa, FL), Musica Danubiana (Slovenia), June in Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), Imagine Festival (Memphis, TN), and various academic conferences; and by performing organizations such as the St. Mathew's Music Guild, Hexnut (Amsterdam), Fort Worth Symphony, Eastman Percussion Ensemble and Melody of China (MOC). His commission works include Acala and Bitter Melon for Chinese instruments (Melody of China, San Francisco), Qin for soprano and percussion (the Snell Duo, Kansas City), Duo for violin and cello (Arts and Culture Development Fund, Hong Kong), Listen, Hold Your Breath (Gateway Christian Church) and Sweet Bach (Lien Percussion Ensemble, Taiwan). He is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Gateway Performance Series in Los Angeles. Since the Fall of 2008, he has been an active member of the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City, to forge his craft in jazz big band writing. He is serving as a committee member at the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest committee. He had held teaching positions at University of Southern California and University of Redlands, and he has been a faculty member of the Walden Young Musicianship Program for two years. For more information, visit

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