Hilary Tann

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Hilary Tann (born 1947) is a Welsh composer now based in the United States.

Tann holds degrees in music composition from the University of Wales, Cardiff and Princeton University. Her compositions are published by Oxford University Press. Tann's orchestral works have been released on the North/South Recordings CD "Here, the Cliffs," - “music of great integrity, impeccable craft, and genuine expressive ambition” Robert Carl, Fanfare 36:I.[1] Her overture, "With the Heather and Small Birds," commissioned by the 1994 Cardiff Festival,[2] is her tribute to the land of her birth.

Tann was the invited Guest Composer-in-Residence for the 2011 Women in Music Festival, Eastman School of Music, where her commissioned work, "Exultet Terra" for SATB double chorus and double reed quartet was given its world premiere[3] and the 2013 Women Composers Festival of Hartford.[4]

Tann's honors include the selection of her piano composition, "Light from the Cliffs," as a repertoire choice in the 2012 William Kappell International Piano Competition and Festival. She has received grants from ASCAP Standard Awards 1996–present, Meet The Composer, NEA, NYSCA, Welsh Arts Council, VW Trust, Holst Foundation, American Composers Forum, and the Hanson Institute for American Music Awards.

Her commissions include concertos for violin ("Here, the Cliffs" premiered by the North Carolina Symphony with Corine Brouwer Cook, 1997), alto saxophone ("In the First, Spinning Place" premiered by the University of Arizona Symphony with Debra Richtmeyer, March 2000), and cello ("Anecdote," premiered by the Newark (DE) Symphony with Romanian cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, December 2000).

"Shakkei," a diptych for oboe solo and chamber orchestra, was premiered by Virginia Shaw in the Presteigne Festival, August 2007, and has since been performed multiple times, including in Dublin, at the 2008 IAWM Congress[5] in Beijing, in New York City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and at the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok (2009), with Susan Fancher (solo soprano saxophone) and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other works include Psalm 104 (Praise, my soul), composed for the North American Welsh Choir, and "Contemplations 21, 22" composed for the Radcliffe Choral Society.

She is currently the John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she has been since 1980, teaching courses on music theory and composition, in addition to founding the Union College Orchestra.[6]


  1. ^ Carl, Robert (Sep–Oct 2012). "Hilary Tann". Fanfare Magazine (36). 
  2. ^ "Women emerge: Music festival has feminist slant". Daily Courier. 21 September 1994. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  3. ^ "About This Year's Commissioned Work (2011)". Exultet Terra. Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival 2011. 
  4. ^ http://womencomposersfestivalhartford.com/?p=377%29
  5. ^ International Alliance for Women in Music
  6. ^ "Hilary Tann". Retrieved 2015-03-25. 

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