Composer Justine F. Chen

"Lyrical, atmospheric... striking…  balances despair and humor." - NY Times


"...the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of." - NY Times


Theater is that collective experience in which participants gather to understand both the richness and injustice of human experience; it is where together, we mourn and celebrate. Chen's work strives to inform and engage, and to bring forth the reinvention of our expectations for our society.

Always fascinated by the expressive possibilities of dramatic forms, Taiwanese-American composer Justine F. Chen draws inspiration from animation, film, theater, classical Indian dance and music, ballet, and contemporary dance. Recent projects include a new chamber opera Seven Sisters (centering women, immigrant culture, and Taiwan) with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, a choral work for The Crossing on data-mining (text by Jena Osman), a short film opera on modern-day heroes with Jacqueline Goldfinger, a song cycle for the brilliant Karen Slack and Michelle Cann, and The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (librettist David Simpatico) commissioned by American Lyric Theater, which will be premiered by Chicago Opera Theater in March 2023.

She has been commissioned and performed by WQXR, The Crossing, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, JACK Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, Washington Ballet, Long Leaf Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Tapestry Opera, Banff Music Centre, Merola Opera, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.



Check out my Know Them Now video on YouTube! Thanks, BMI!

to announce the long-awaited WORLD PREMIERE of my opera with librettist David Simpatico, THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!! March 23 & 25 2023! Get your tickets here!

THANK YOU to the INDIE OPERA PODCAST for a delightful interview! Check it out here!

LETTER TO OUR CHILDREN won BEST MUSIC VIDEO for this year's Paris Shorts Film Awards! and is an OFFICIAL SELECTION for this year's GOLDEN BRIDGE ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL. This  opera film is a part of the Decameron Opera Coalition's "HEROES", which is still available for streaming! (

THANK YOU to THE Divine CROSSING and Donald Nally performing the world premiere of my

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