Piano recital features contemporary women composers

thumb_Emily_Yap_ChuaEmily Yap ChuaGuest pianist Emily Yap Chua presents a recital featuring contemporary women composers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in Wattenbarger Auditorium inside the Bryan Fine Arts Building at Tennessee Tech University. The recital is free.

Chua made her international solo debut at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, where she was described as "a remarkably passionate piano soloist...vividly enchanting, " (The Daily Tribune) and praised for "tonal beauty and clarity."

An active soloist and chamber musician, her collaborations include performances with musicians of orchestras and institutions around the world. Recent appearances include a guest residency at the Asolo Song Festival and Institute for Song Interpretation in Asolo, Italy, and recitals at Virginia Tech, University of North Florida, Longwood University, University of Dayton, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the national convention for Phi Beta National Performing Arts Fraternity.

Chua earned the bachelor of arts degree in music from Florida State University in 1996 and continued to graduate study at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she received the master's and doctorate of musical arts in piano performance.

Chua is associate professor of music at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., where she coordinates the guest artist series and teaches piano, accompanying, theory, women in music and ensemble.

She was recently named the first recipient of the Katherine Graves Davidson Faculty Scholarship Award at Randolph College.

Her recital will include works by Tania Leon, Ruth Seeger, Chen Yi, Jennifer Higdon, Emma Lou Diemer and Errollyn Wallen.