Rujing "Stacy" Huang is a scholar, singer-songwriter, composer, and lyricist.
She is currently a postdoctoral researcher on “Music Cultures & Artificial Intelligence” (as part of the ERC MUSAiC project) at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (via the Speech, Music and Hearing division). This year, she is also the co-organizer and judge of AI Song Contest 2021, organized by VPRO International (more info here).
In 2019, she completed her PhD in Music (Ethnomusicology) from Harvard University, where she was advised by Kay Kaufman Shelemay (primary advisor), Michael Puett, Ingrid Monson, and Alex Rehding. Her research crossed boundaries between musicology, music theory and sound studies, as well as early Chinese history and philosophy; other work of hers explored sonic materiality, technology, and the aesthetics of the voice in popular music.
Her dissertation, titled “‘Sound of Elegance’: Court Music Revival, Ritual, and the Politics of Nationhood in China Today,” examines the twenty-first century revivals of yayue, ritual music historically performed in the courts of ancient and imperial China. In this work, she addressed such issues as musical nationalism, exoticism, and ritual and performativity.
Rujing is also developing a new area of expertise in media and technology studies. Since 2017, she has been studying music technology (electronic music composition/improvisation, sound design, music engineering) at Harvard under Hans Tutschku and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under Florian Hollerweger and Peter Whincop. She is an active member of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk).
While at Harvard, she had served as a Graduate Student Associate (GSA) at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (and was offered the same position at Harvard's Asia Center). She had worked as Dudley Music Fellow, and Director of the Dudley World Music Ensemble. Upon graduation, she was nominated as one of the eight Commencement Marshals for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for her scholarship and service.
She has received numerous fellowships and grants from the Asian Cultural Council (ACC, Hong Kong), the Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR), the Asia Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, and is winner of the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship (2015). She is also the recipient of the James T. Koetting Essay Prize from the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (NECSEM, 2017).
As a teacher, she has been awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard for multiple times. She has taught courses across disciplines and sub-fields, including "Music in Cross-cultural Perspectives," "Foundations of Tonal Music," and a General Education course titled “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory,” the third most enrolled undergraduate course at Harvard.
Rujing started performing at a very young age. Her intellectual development as a scholar continues to nourish her creative pursuits as an artist and performer (and vice versa). She was previously awarded a Steinhardt Scholarship in Songwriting by New York University. In 2015, she was classified by USCIS as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability (EB1-A, First-Priority Green Card) in Music Composition. Trained in Chinese folk singing and classical piano, Rujing (under her artist name Stacy) started practicing contemporary singer-songwriting in the summer of 2009, when she was selected as a finalist in a singer-songwriting competition held by Berklee College of Music with the first song she ever wrote. Since then, she has been studying under and collaborating with American songwriter, tunesmith, composer, and author Mark Simos. To date, the original songs and compositions of hers have been performed at various concerts and festivals in the United States, Mainland China and Taiwan.
Rujing holds degrees in Ethnomusicology (PhD) from Harvard University, Music and BOS (Business, Organizations & Society) (BA) from Franklin and Marshall College, and has previously studied at National Taiwan University (2010) and Berklee College of Music (2009, 2011).