Born in Hong Kong, Chemie Ching is a saxophonist currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University under the tutelage of Joe Lulloff. Prior coming to the United States to advance her musical studies, she built a private studio in Hong Kong teaching students of various age and playing level. She has also performed with professional ensembles including Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia.
At Michigan State University, Chemie served as the saxophone teaching assistant, where her duties included teaching technique lessons to undergraduate saxophone majors and saxophone method class. She was a member of the Auteur Saxophone Quartet, who was named winner of the 2015 Coltman Chamber Music Competition and was featured guest artist in Austin Chamber Music Festival 2016. She is a current member of the MSU Wind Symphony. The wind ensemble recorded a CD of John Mackey’s music in September 2016 and is going to perform in the College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Kansas City in March 2017. Recently, she worked with the composer in the arrangement process and premiered the baritone saxophone version of Hummingbrrd by Steven Bryant. In addition to her classical training, she also studies jazz music with the renowned jazz faculty, such as Michael Dease and Randy Napoleon, and performs in the jazz orchestra, jazz octet and jazz combo.
As the baritone saxophonist in Dasch Quartet, Chemie won the North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition and the ENKÖR Chamber Music Competition. In March 2016, Dasch Quartet released its first CD Necessary Edges. The CD features Romantic string quartet transcriptions which showcase the quartet’s musicality and expressiveness. Dasch Quartet has also given recitals and masterclasses at institutions including Brevard Music Center, Northwestern University and Roosevelt University.
Chemie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts studying with Taimur Sullivan.