Academic Bio

Academic Biography 


Dr. Hao Huang is the Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music at Scripps College.  He was the 2012-13 American Council on Education Fellow-in-residence at Queens College CUNY. Serving as a United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador on several overseas tours to Europe, Africa and the Middle East,  Dr. Huang continues to be active as a concert pianist in the USA and abroad. His scholarship includes the Article of the Year Award in American Music Teacher (MTNA journal) and other articles in refereed journals of Great Britain Hungary, Greece, Japan, China and the USA, that span piano pedagogy, general music studies, popular music, ethnomusicology, jazz, anthropology, American Studies and Humanities. His scholarly work has been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post and National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”.

A six-time recipient of the Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Research, Creative Work and/or Performance (2018, 2016, 2009, 2006, 2004, 1999), Dr. Huang has also been honored four times with the Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching (2012, 2010, 2000, 1996) and with a Johnson Award for Outstanding Service (2014)  o Scripps College . His commitment to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary curricula is demonstrated by his decades-long teaching as a lead professor in the Scripps Humanities Core program, in a 12 to 15 faculty member Core I group; also by his development of interdisciplinary seminars on art, poetry and music for Core II and III.  Additionally, he is active in Race and Ethnic Studies, for which he was awarded a 2012 NEH Teaching Development Fellowship, “Bridging Cultures”, one of 9 granted out of 218 applications nationally.

Appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Program roster for 2012-2017, Dr. Huang was honored as a Fulbright Scholar in American Studies and Music at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 2008. For the summers of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, he has been the initiator/organizer/leader of Scripps College music faculty delegation visits to the College of Arts of Xiamen University, PRC; in 2009, he directed and led the Scripps College Presidential Visit to Xiamen, Minzu and Beijing Universities, PRC.

Devoted to actualizing collaborative ventures, Dr. Huang co-proposed and co-directed a Mellon Foundation Local Initiatives Grant for a Claremont Colleges-wide Faculty College of Music; a Multidisciplinary Faculty Study Group on Contemporary Aesthetics; and the Scripps Teaching and Learning Assessment program that was praised by WASC (for student-directed research and innovative methodology). As Director of the Animas Music Festival, the Belle Terre Chamber Players and the Scripps Symposium on Women in Music, Huang was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Council on the Arts, and the California Arts Council “Meet the Composer” program.

For 2017-18 and 2015-16, Dr. Huang was chosen by the Scripps College President to serve as Director of the Scripps Humanities Institute, a flagship co-curricular program. Dr. Huang continues to contribute to Scripps College’s initiatives to hire highly qualified faculty of color with concerted efforts regarding minority candidate recruitment recruitment (contact with the ACE Minority Affairs Office, target letters of inquiry, follow-up telephone calls, use of The National Registry of Diverse & Strategic Faculty. He has served as Chair of the Scripps Music Department, as Chair of the Scripps Dean of Faculty Search Committee and was elected by Scripps College colleagues as the first faculty of color to serve as Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee. Concurrently, he was also elected by his peers to be the Chair of the Intercollegiate Faculty Council of the Claremont Consortium. Huang holds a baccalaureate from Harvard, a masters degree from the Juilliard School and a doctorate from StonyBrook University (SUNY).