Rujing Stacy Huang is a musicologist, singer-songwriter, and composer/sound designer. She is currently a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hong Kong.
Prior to joining the Department of Music at HKU, she was a postdoctoral researcher on "Music Cultures & Artificial Intelligence" at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, working on the ERC-funded project "MUSAiC" (ERC-2019-COG No. 864189). She was the co-organizer and core jury member of AI Song Contest 2021.
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 sound design, as well as 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 a past member of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk).
While at Harvard, she was affiliated with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, served as the Music Fellow at Dudley House (currently the GSAS Student Center), and directed the GSAS Student Center World Music Collective (previously 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 is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and awards. 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.
Rujing started performing at a very young age. Her intellectual development as a scholar continues to nourish her creative pursuits as an artist (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) 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 at the 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.