Vanessa Chang


Music  |  Computer Science

Music Awards:

2023 Rosamund Winslow Lemaire Woodwind Prize

Music Capstone Project:

“Debussy as a Music Critic: Analyzing His Critical Writings and Their Influence on French Music”

Through a detailed exploration of the music criticism of Claude Debussy, one of the most renowned music critics of his time, it is possible to gain insights into his artistic ideals and how they are reflected in his writing. By analyzing his distinct style of critique, which deviated from the conventional approaches of his peers, it is possible to uncover the unique perspectives that he brought to the field of music criticism. Additionally, by examining Debussy’s criticism, it can be discovered how he played a role in shaping the direction of French music, particularly through his advocacy for a new French national musical style.

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Personal Statement:

In addition to her double concentrations in computer science and music, Vanessa has dedicated her time on the e-board of numerous extracurriculars including Orchestra, Hack at Brown, and VSA. She enjoys helping others and has served as a UTA and Meiklejohn. In the future, Vanessa will be working as a Software Developer at Amazon in Seattle.