Indiana University Bloomington

P.Q. Phan

Associate Professor of Music
Composition Department, Jacobs School of Music

P.Q. Phan

Office: JS 423 
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Research Interests
Prof. Phan has composed in a wide range of genres including symphonies, chamber music, song cycle, and opera. Recent compositions include:

  • The Tale of Lady Thị Kính – a full-scale dramatic three-act opera with chorus and orchestra, based on the ancient Vietnamese folk tale, “Our Benevolent Buddha Thi Kính,” 2012;
  • Vietnamese Requiem, a Requiem mass for four solo vocalists, chorus, and chamber orchestra that employs Vietnamese Theravada Buddhist texts, 2013-14.

Area Involvement
Prof. Phan was born in Vietnam. He became interested in music while studying architecture in 1978 and taught himself to play the piano, compose, and orchestrate. In 1982 he immigrated to the United States and began his formal music training. He gives an annual intensive workshop at the National Academy of Music in Ha Noi, Vietnam, where he teaches modern music literature, including music from the US.

Honors and Awards
PQ Phan is recipient of 1998 Rome Prize, ASCAP awards; grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ohio Arts Councils, Charles Ives Center for American Music, and fellowships from the Macdowell Colony.