CVPA Faculty Weihua Zhang
WEIHUA ZHANG: Biography
Weihua A. Zhang, Born in Nanjing, China, is a graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she majored in piano performance. After graduation she worked at the Conservatory as a Lecturer before going to the United States for further studies. She earned a MA degree in World Music from the Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught "Music of the Worlds Peoples" at San Francisco State University (CA) and guest lectured at UC Berkeley, Wesleyan University, San Jose State University (CA) and the New School for Social Research (NYC).
She has written numerous articles on Chinese and Asian American music published in scholarly journals such as "Ethnomusicology," "Asian Music," "Music From China," "Intercultural Music," "Percussive Notes," and "Chinese America: History and Perspectives." She has also contributed many entries on Chinese Music in the US and Chinese American Composers in the New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. She has also served as a consultant for scholars and composers interested in traditional and cross-cultural Chinese music, including Fred Ho and royal hartigan. In addition to piano, she also plays guzheng (Chinese zither). Her recent research and performance has expanded to include West African drumming and dance.
Currently, she is a part time lecturer of Chinese language in the Foreign Literature and Language Department, and piano accompanist for the chamber choir and voice students in the Music Department at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.