Chang Lu is both an active flutist and dedicated instructor in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area. Born into a family of musicians she was introduced to music at the young age of four. She has had eight years of professional training at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China, and has been a finalist in the National Flute Competition of China. She has become an honors graduate earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, California. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Flute Performance with three minor fields in: Music Theory, Instrumental Conducting, and Early Music with emphasis in Baroque Flute Performance.
Chang performs regularly with USC’s Thornton Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Early Music Ensemble. She has also performed with San Jose Youth Symphony, Fremont Flute Ensemble, Shenyang Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and various chamber ensembles. She is currently studying with Professor Jim Walker at USC and has studied flute both privately and in master classes with: Gary Woodward (University of Southern California), Claude Montuex (New England Conservatory of Music), Julien Beaudiment (former LA Phil Principal), Isabella Chapuis (San Jose Opera), John Huang (Singapore Symphony Orchestra), Guoliang Han (Central Conservatory of China), Katherine Borst Jones (Ohio State University), Marina Piccinini (Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute), Marianne Gedigian (University of Texas), James Galway (Soloist), and Emmanuel Pahud (Berlin Philharmonic).
In 2010 Chang was invited to perform in the first flute summer camp held in the Northeast provinces of China. She also enjoys performing with chamber ensembles and has been part of a guitar duo, woodwind trio, flute and string quartet, and woodwinds quintet and sextet. Chang currently takes part in many film music score recordings and even has her own composition “The Ocean” for solo flute with extended techniques for modern flute. Most recently, she has been part of a collaborative project with LA Opera and USC Thornton Young Artists under the baton of James Conlon.
Chang first started teaching flute and music theory in 2002 when she was a teacher assistant in Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. When she moved to North California in 2006, she taught at C&L Music School. Currently, Chang teaches in three music schools around Los Angeles and Orange County. She is also part of a studio that organizes student recitals every couple months in collaboration with other teachers of various backgrounds.
As a teacher, I love to see my students take pride in their improvements and strive to be a leader. I have taught many children from the beginning, teaching them how to read music while providing the fundamentals of piano playing. I particularly like to focus on students who are interested in band and orchestra at school. It’s the joy of teaching to see kids marvel at different tones and musicality they can produce.
For all my lessons I include music theory and ask that students try their best to learn how music is connected and formed. Learning flute is a rewarding process, so please be patient and open-minded. Feel free to ask me any questions and I look forward to meeting you!