As a prolific composer who blends East and West traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries, Chinese-American composer Dr. Chen Yi* is the Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the recipient of the Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her music is published by Theodore Presser, performed and recorded worldwide. She holds degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Columbia University in New York. Major composition teachers were Profs. Wu Zu-qiang, Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky.