Stella Sung, composer and director of UCF’s Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Education (CREATE), has partnered with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in Ohio on a residency program to feature educational projects, concert productions and other creative activities.

The year-old Dayton organization is the nation’s first merged ballet-opera-symphony orchestra.

Sung’s residency will unfold over the next three seasons to involve all three art forms and provide a national model of arts integration. Sung will create new pieces, including a one-act opera, a chamber work for dance, and music for educational performances. In addition, the work for dance offers a new opportunity for enhancement of ballet performances.

She will become part of an educational program reaching more than 50,000 students annually and will create works that integrate dance, vocal and instrumental music.

She is scheduled to be in residence in Dayton about six weeks each fall/spring season beginning later this year.

“Receiving this award is an honor that will attract national and international attention to not only my work, but to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance,” Sung said. “The DPAA is the only one of its kind in the nation, and as many orchestras, ballet/dance companies and opera companies struggle for survival in our fast-paced world, many of these types of organizations will be looking towards the DPAA as a possible model for collaboration.”

The residency is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer. The program is designed to provide orchestras with resources to support their presentation of new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation.