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Stella Sung and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Stella Sung joins the Dayton Performing arts Alliance as composer-in-residence from 2013-2016.

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Stella Sung in Opera America Magazine

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Composer Stella Sung is featured in the winter 2015-2016 issue of Opera America Magazine! In the magazine, you can read about her upcoming one-act opera, The Book Collector, to be premiered by the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in May. The opera serves to bookend her three-year Music Alive residency with DPAA and will be performed on May 20 and May 22, 2016. You can read more on page four of the preview for Opera American Magazine below.


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FATE OF PLACE PREMIERE: Highlights Slideshow

Posted on March 13, 2015 by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Stella Sung’s Music Alive residency with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is already well underway with the recent premiere of her ballet Fate of Place, choreographed by Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke and musically directed by Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director Neal Gittleman.

The work premiered on February 12 at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton, OH. In addition to her upcoming involvement with the DPAA’s educational outreach programs, Stella’s residency in Dayton will culminate with a collaboration between all three facets of the Alliance; the Dayton Ballet, Philharmonic, and Dayton Opera for the premiere of her opera The Book Collector in May of 2016.

Take a look at some of the highlights from her most recent time in Dayton, along with behind-the-scenes photos from the rehearsals and opening night!

Music Alive: Fate of Place

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Through New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras’ Music Alive Residencies, composer Stella Sung’s Fate of Place will be premiered by the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance!

Fate of Place | WORLD PREMIERE
Thursday, February 12, 7:30PM
Friday, February 13, 8:00PM
Saturday, February 14, 8:00PM
Sunday, February 15, 3:00pm
Victoria Theatre
Dayton, OH

Composed by Stella Sung
Choreographed by Karen Russo Burke
Conducted by Neal Gittleman

For tickets and more information.

To learn more about the DPAA and Stella Sung’s residency through Music Alive, visit:

Meet Stella Sung and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Not sure what a digital set is? Take a look at some of her ongoing work from the opera The Red Silk Thread:

Residency Snapshot:

Dr. Sung will be in residence at the Dayton Philharmonic for six weeks during the 2014-2015 season. In the fall, Dr. Sung will compose a new ballet for chamber ensemble, which will include both live dance and projected animation. This ballet will be accompanied by a large chamber ensemble of 12-20 musicians, most likely comparable to the instrumentation for the original, chamber version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring. This work will be part of the Dayton Ballet’s 2014-2015 subscription series, and its music may also be performed by the Dayton Philharmonic as part of its subscription series. Dr. Sung will also work with area primary/secondary schools and universities as part of the Dayton Philharmonic’s education programs. The activities for younger students, part of an El Sistema-inspired after-school program, will include visits and presentations on musicianship and composition. Activities at the University of Dayton will consist of a question-and-answer session within the Department of Music as well as an individual coaching sessions and discussions with music students.

Get to know Stella Sung:

Stella Sung is a national and international award-winning composer, whose compositions are performed throughout the United States and abroad. Since 2003, Dr. Sung has been using digital and multi-media applications in her concert and symphonic compositions, as well as in music for dance and ballet. She is currently working on a full-length opera, The Red Silk Thread: An EpicTale of Marco Polo, which received its public workshop performances at the University of Michigan School of Music in April, 2013. The opera is scheduled for full stage production during the 2013-2014 season at the University of Florida.

Get to know the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:


The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the nation’s first merged ballet-opera-symphony orchestra, has partnered with composer Stella Sung on a very un-run-of-the-mill residency that began in the summer of 2013 and unfolds over the course of the subsequent three seasons.  Her residency features signature events integrating the three art forms of the Alliance, including but not limited to a chamber work for dance, music for education, a particularly rich collaboration with Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, and a one-act opera featuring an entirely digital set and advanced projection designed with her students at UCF.

Not sure what a digital set is? Take a look at some of her ongoing work from the opera The Red Silk Thread.

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The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  The DPAA remains the only three-way merger in the United States involving a professional dance company, a professional opera company, and a professional…

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