Themes from Scores by Hunter Chang (LIVE)

Hunter Chang conducts a live, orchestral performance of excerpts from several of his film scores with the 2019 SMILE Orchestra to help raise money for Northwestern’s Lurie Children’s Hospital. Many thanks to all the players, organizers, and Daniel Bunning for putting this incredible event together!

Chang Violin Concerto Mvt 3

Ft. Amy Blackburn (Violin)

Hunter Chang (Conductor)

From the Shadows

Bienen School of Music’s Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) recently premiered Chang’s Concert piece, From the Shadows, a piece for sinfonietta that explores a cinematic approach to pseudo spectral composition. Much thanks to Victor Huls and Alan Pierson and all of CME for putting on an incredible premier!

Ft. Contemporary Music Ensemble and Victor Huls (Cond.)


Hunter Chang's piece "SHEMA" is written for two bassoons, oboe, violin and viola and is a piece that paints a musical illustration of colonial America. However, the title is actual an acronym for the first name of the original musicians the piece was composed for. 

Performed by Hunter Chang (Bassoon), Maddy Tung (Bassoon), Anne Pinkerton (Oboe), Sabrina Park (Violin), and Eric Stinehart (Viola).

Chang Piano Trio

Mvt 4 - Lost Over Vying Endings

This piece was performed live as the first ever original composition on the New Trier Commencement Concert.

Performed by Emelia Suljic (Violin), Daniel Kaler (Cello), and Amber Scherer (Piano).

Shadow Hunting

Hunter Chang’s “Shadow Hunting” was premiered at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. The piece consists of three main sections: a chorale that starts and ends the piece, a slow, melodic, theme-based section which mainly uses counterpoint, and that is later accompanied by a sixteenth note texture on the piano, and a faster, energetic dance or “chase” section based on a pizzicato melody. “Shadow Hunting” was originally composed for Flute, Violin, Cello, and Piano. However, it has been arranged for other instrumentations for different performances.

Memories of Tragedy and Hope

Performed by the Champiagn-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

sing to the lord

It was originally orchestrated for a large ensemble including choir, brass, strings, percussion, and piano. The choral part was composed for a combined youth and adult ensemble, demonstrating the way music expands beyond itself from the youngest children to full grown adults.

Performed by Kenilworth Union Church (KUC) Adult Bell Choir, KUC Youth Choir (Soloists: Sophie Leuchtner and Nancy Hillman), KUC Chancel Choir, Emelia Suljic (Violin), Deb Ponko (Violin), Rene Chen (Viola), Alexandra Kim (Cello), Adam Wrobel (Percussion), John Bryant (Organ), Barbara Falk (Piano), and Hunter Chang (Conductor).

Via Overture

Hunter Chang’s score, Via Overture, was recently performed in Nichols Concert Hall of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Ft. Hunter Chang (Cond.)

String quartet mvt 1

Performed by Jasmine Pai, Nathan Hung, Kevie Yu, and Josh Henderson

New Work

Hunter Chang's "New Work" at the 2019 Impulse New Music Festival, featuring the INMF Chamber Ensemble