Awards and Commissions

Art of Elan Commission for Formosa Quartet (2013) 

Taiwan Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan (2013)

Taiwan United Fund for Wen-Sinn Yang (2012) 

Spring and Autumn Music Commission, Taiwan (2012)

Asia Society Texas, Chao Center at Rice University, and Taiwan Academy funding (2012)

World-Wide Concurrent Premieres & Commissions of 27 performances in different locations (2012)

Mary Jo White and Robert Nathanson Duo Commission (2011)

Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant (2010)

Fulbright Scholar Grant (2010)

Houston Arts Alliance (2010)

Distinguished Alumni, National Taiwan University for the Arts (2010)

Carol Wincenc Commission (2009)

Dinosaur Annex in Boston Commission (2008)

Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts Commission (2007)

Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the

American Academy of Arts and Letters (2007)

Duncan Achievement Award, Rice University (2007)

Consortium Commission of organizations including Da Camera of Houston, Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, Appalachian Summer Festival in North Carolina, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan (2005)

World-Wide Concurrent Premieres & Commissions (2004)

Taiwan Connection Festival Commission (2004)

Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress (2004)

Freon Ensemble Commission in Italy (2003)

Boston Musica Viva Commission (2001)

Barlow Endowment for the Arts (2001)

Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy (2001)

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2000)

National Council on Family Relations Media Competition, First Place (2000)

Boston Film/Video Foundation, New England Film and Video Festival Award (2000)

American Academy in Rome (1999-2000)

Massachussetts Cultural Council (1999-2000)

Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, Harvard University (1996)

Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Festival (1996, 1997)

Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (1996)

National Endowment for the Arts (1995-1996)

Meet the Composer/Reader's Digest Commissioning Program/

Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund/National Endowment for the Arts (1994)

MacDowell Colony (1993)

Aspen Music Festival (1992)

ASCAP Standard Award (1991- current)


Doctor of Musical Arts, Boston University (1993)
Master of Musical Arts, Northern Illinois University (1985, 1986)

Memberships in Organizations
Musiqa Composers’ Board (2001- 2007)
Formosa Chamber Music Society, Advisor (2000-present)
Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, Advisor (1998-2000)
ASCAP writer member (1991-present)
Asian Composers' League (1989-present)
NuClassix (1991-1995)
Underground Composers (1988-1990)

Teaching Experience
Shepherd School of Music, Rice University (2000-present)
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (2000, 2001, 2004)
Longy School of Music, Faculty (1998 - 1999)

Related Articles
Twice Removed by Min-Ho Yeh, Indiana University Doctoral Dissertation, 2004
Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Biographical entry, Barbara Mittler, 2000
“Two Women are Winners of the Rome Prize,” International Alliance For Women In Music, Ruth M. Robertson, 2000
Dangerous Tunes: The Politics of Chinese Music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China since 1949.

Barbara Mittler; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1997

Pre-concert lecture, Taiwan Connection, 2004

American Academy of Arts and Letters 2007


photo credit: Catherine Opie

photo credit: Ben Yu