He told the Memphis Daily News, "Barbara and I always had a plan that I would be able to stay home and write and she would be the one carrying the economic ball.
The time was right and the job came through." Ching's Piano Concerto, commissioned by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, had its well-received premiere in 1997.
The San Jose Mercury wrote, "The concerto has the kind of instant appeal to listeners that every composer must dream of....
Dan Leeson in San Francisco Classical Voice wrote that "The Ching/Wolfson collaboration is simply marvelous....
Ching is a gifted composer capable of turning out well-crafted music, very romantic when the occasion dictates and frightening when that is called for." Metro Silicon Valley analysed the music in great depth, concluding that "[T]he technique is adroit, fluid and winningly integrated.
Ching speaks music so well that he accommodates the text without a stumble....
is an American composer, conductor, and music administrator.
A prolific and eclectic composer, he is best known nationally as the composer of innovative operas, including his a cappella adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011).
His father was an accomplished amateur pianist and a college professor in theater and speech.
Ching later recalled, "He played everything from Chopin to Dave Brubeck transcriptions.
He wanted to go into music but his family discouraged him." Ching started piano at the age of six and was quite skilled at it, at one point considering a career as a concert pianist.
In addition, he studied flute, violin, and oboe, mostly for the sake of composition.
He started composing as a child, and by the time he reached high school he had studied composition at Interlochen and also had private composition instruction.
Ching began his career as a National Opera Institute apprentice 1980–1981 at the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where he was involved in the company's productions and continued his composition studies with composer Carlisle Floyd.