May Phang began piano studies in her native Singapore where she obtained her Associate and Licentiate diplomas from the Trinity College of Music (London) by the age of twelve. A graduate of McGill University in Canada, she obtained her doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia. Currently the John Rabb Emison Professor of Creative and Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music at DePauw University, Indiana, her prior teaching positions include Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.
She has given numerous solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Singapore, Canada, the United States and Europe, performing in venues such as the Goethe Institute in Singapore, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore Conference Hall, Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur and Place-des-Arts in Montreal, the Concertgebouw, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kennedy Center for the Arts and National Gallery in Washington DC, the Chicago Cultural Center, and at festivals such as the Singapore Festival of Arts, the Montreal International Piano Festival, and the Karol Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane, Poland.
A prizewinner of several competitions including the Chopin Young Pianists' Competition in Buffalo (New York), Canadian Music Competition, Concours d'orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Pontoise International Young Artists Competition in France, Dr. Phang has performed with orchestras such as the Banff Chamber Players, Singapore Symphony, Montreal Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Radio and television appearances include profiles on Singapore Broadcasting Corporation's "Life and Times" and "Arts Around" and broadcasts on Radio-Canada, Vermont Public Radio, WFLN, Philadelphia and WFMT, Chicago. An active music educator, she is a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Indiana, the state's oldest and largest provider of professional arts education programs for children. She has adjudicated competitions for the Waukesha Symphony and PianoArts of Wisconsin, presented masterclasses at institutions including Idyllwild and Interlochen, and given presentations for music teachers' associations. She is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artists Associates. Appointed to DePauw in 2003.