Work List

IMG_7002Shuying with her teacher Michael Daugherty


  • Weeping Bamboo for solo flute and fixed media (7 minutes)

    Commissioned by Australian flutist Effie Hamilton during her residency in Xiamen, China at the Chinese European Art Centre.

  • Three Lullabies For unaccompanied SATB choir (8 minutes)


  • Suite for Saxophones for Saxophone quartet (11 minutes)

First Place Award in the Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Competition
Runner up of the 2015 Donald Sinta Quartet Commissioning Competition

  • A Path Into the Woods for clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin and double bass (8 minutes)

Commissioned by the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night for orchestra (2222, 4331, timpani+3, harp, strings) (9 minutes)

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Institute


  • Opera Who Married Star Husbands for two sopranos, baritone and piano (12 minutes)

Written for Opera From Scratch

  • Zooming: Beaugly for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, percussion and piano (8 minutes)

Commissioned by the ICon Arts Festival Composer in Residence Program

  • Truth is Singular for chamber orchestra and mezzo-soprano (4 minutes)

Written for the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and the Sävellyspaja 2014

  • Or • But • And for clarinet and viola (25 minutes)

Commissioned by Amy Guilmette for her MFA Dance Thesis

  • Zigzagging for string quartet (6 minutes)

Written for The Cecilia Quartet and the Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop
Winner of the 2014 Melta International Composition Competition


  • D…………N for large ensemble and voices (4 minutes)

Written for the orkest de ereprijs and the 20th International Young Composers Meeting

  • Slippery Slope for symphonic wind ensemble (14 minutes)

Winner of the 2014 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederik Fennell Prize
Commissioned and premiered by the Hartt Wind Ensemble
Selected for performance by the CCM Wind Orchestra at the 2014 Midwest Composers Symposium

  • Farewell, Connecticut! for six clarinets (5 minutes)

Winner of the 2014 NAfME Student Composers Competition
Written for the 15.19 Ensemble and 2013 highSCORE Festival

  • For Lutoslawski for string quartet (Revised version) (10 minutes)

Winner of 2014 The American Prize
Finalist of the 2013 Florence String Quartet Call for Scores


  • Overture to The Siege for orchestra (3333, 4331+baritone saxophone, timpani+3 percussionists, piano, strings) (9 minutes)

Winner of the Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Cmpetition
“Libby Larsen Prize” by the International Alliance for Women in Music, the 2013 Search for New Music Competition

  • I hate this siege” from The Siege for soprano, dizi, percussion, zheng, erhu and viola (5 minutes)

Written for the Atlas Ensemble

  • Prejudice and Pride for violin, cello, piano and percussion (8 minutes)

Winner of the 2012 MacDowell Club of Milwaukee Young Composers Competition
Winner of the 2012 International J. Dorfman Composition Competition

  • One Life, a film score for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass (3 minutes)
  • Music cues for the play, Shakespeare in Hollywood, for recorder quartet, percussion, horns, bassoon, crumhorn and keyboard (20 minutes)
  • Us for violin, percussion and piano (7 minutes)


  • For Lutoslawski for string quartet (8 minutes)
  • Guan Shan Yue for xun, saxophone quartet, percussion, piano and dancers (6 minutes)
  • A Moonlit Night On The Spring River for Chinese bamboo flute, flute and piano (9 minutes)
  • Entering for solo double bass (5 minutes)


  • Stupid Predictions for oboe, glockenspiel, harp, guitar, two voices, two violins  and audience (6 minutes)
  • Amplification for flute, violin, cello, percussion and piano (8 minutes)


  • Desire for erhu, violin, viola and cello (8 minutes)
  • Five for solo piano (11 minutes)
  • Xin Yi Wu for soprano, piano, glockenspiel and vibraphone (6 minutes)


  • Sub Symmetry for solo oboe (4 minutes)

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