Location: Potomac, Maryland, United States
An-Ming Wang, Composer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of musical composition.
Ms. Wang was raised in China, but both of her parents were educated in the United States. Upon their return to China, they brought music back with them, and Ms. Wang recalls that as her first exposure to Western music. In addition, her mother majored in music at Wellesley College, and played the piano. Ms. Wang remembers hearing it and falling in love with the instrument. At the time, it was uncommon for women to became musical composers, so she had to resolve to pursue her ambitions in secret, until she was able to move to the United States.
As her father did before her, Ms. Wang won a scholarship from the University in China to travel to the U.S. for her higher education. She aimed to study music, and after graduating from Central China University in 1947, she attended Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon, Georgia. Upon earning a Bachelor of Music from Wesleyan Conservatory, she transitioned to Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Arts in music education in 1951. Afterwards, Ms. Wang dove into her profession, and started her career as a freelance composer.
Ms. Wang has composed myriad songs and published works, including “Songs for All Seasons” in 1982, “Requiem for Chorus and Orchestra and Organ” in 1982, “The Song of Endless Sorrow” in 1985, “Piano Concerto” in 1990, and Gloria for Chorus and Orchestra in 1991, among many more. Her piece “Fantasy for Solo Organs” was taken around the world by Calvin Johnson, a highly renowned organist. Ms. Wang is most proud of her work as a composer for an opera in three acts. She was responsible for writing the entire opera herself, and though it was very difficult, she found it rewarding in the end. In addition to her compositions, Ms. Wang is a member of the American Society of Composers, the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Southeastern Composers League, the Society of Composers, and the League of American Pen Women, among others. She was recognized with an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 1999, and sang in her church choir for nearly 50 years. As a testament to her stature and success as a composer, Ms. Wang has been featured in the 25th edition of Who’s Who of American Women, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Entertainment, and Who’s Who in America.
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