Angelin Chang, Grammy-winning pianist and professor of music and law at Cleveland State University, has been selected to participate in the 2020 Class of Leadership Music. The prestigious program brings together artists and music industry executives from across the country for a year-long intensive training seminar in leadership, innovation and creative thinking.
Chang was one of 49 individuals selected for the 2020 Class. Additional participants include Liz Kennedy Holman, senior vice president for communications with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Ben Roy, vice president for programming and development with Dick Clark Productions, and two-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter James Slater.
“I am incredibly honored to be selected for this prestigious program and am looking forward to working with and learning from some of the most prominent leaders in the music industry,” Chang says.
Leadership Music is a forum for recognized music industry leaders to enhance professional development as they deep-dive into almost every segment of the music business, while identifying and exploring issues currently affecting the industry. The non-profit educational organization was founded in 1989 with the mission of providing programs designed to further communications and understanding among facets of the entertainment business and to assist established leaders in their roles as decision makers.
Angelin Chang is professor of piano, coordinator of keyboard studies and coordinator for chamber music at CSU’s School of Music and professor of law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Previously, she was a member of the music faculty at Rutgers University and served as the first artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Chang won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra for her recording of Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. She is the first female American classical pianist and the first pianist of Asian descent to win a Grammy.