Tina Tallon (b. 1990) is a San Diego-area composer, soprano, improviser, and computer musician currently pursing her Ph.D. in composition at the University of California, San Diego. Born and raised in Pasadena, MD, she began playing the piano at age four and the violin at seven, although she received no formal training in composition or theory until late in her undergraduate studies at MIT, where she studied biological engineering and spent time researching the biomolecular bases of pancreatic cancer and endometriosis.
In 2010, she received a commission from the League of Imaginary Scientists for a piece to accompany a science-meets-art exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia and later at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She has since had performances in the US and Europe by ensembles and musicians such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, wild Up, Talea, soprano Tony Arnold, HOCKET Duo, the Calder Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, members of the JACK Quartet, the h2 quartet, and Transient Canvas, among others. Her first string quartet, selective defrosting, won grand prize in the 2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition and her pieces studies on the intensification of light and shadow and sear were finalists for the 2016 and 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, respectively. She was also the recipient of a 2016 Barlow Endowment General Commission to support the composition of new work for violist and composer Kurt Rohde for viola and live electronics. Other recent commissioners include wild Up, Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, HOCKET Duo, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, soundSCAPE Festival for Eastman BroadBand, and Transient Canvas. Festival appearances include IRCAM ManiFeste, the LA Philharmonic's National Composers Intensive, soundSCAPE festival, New Music on the Point, Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Art of Migration Festival at UC Davis,. In addition to grants from Brandeis University, Tina won one of four inaugural Katzin Prize Fellowships to fund her research at UCSD and remains the only recipient in the arts to date.
Tina is active as not only a composer and passionate advocate for new music, but also as a vocalist, freelance violinist, arts administrator, educator, and arts documentarian. She began singing in 2008, and received an MIT Emerson Scholarship to study voice in 2010. She frequently performed as a soloist with the MIT Chamber Chorus and Concert Choir, and has performed with Bang On A Can, Collage New Music, and kallisti Opera. Additionally, she interned with the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, served as Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and was general manager of the Fresh Sound Music series. In 2015, she founded SALT Arts Documentation, which specializes in providing high-quality photography and videography of music, theater, and dance performances. Academically, her research interests include the relationship between somaesthetics and music cognition, virtual tactility, computational modeling of energetic relationships between various musical parameters based upon Newtonian mechanics, development of software for spectral analysis and composition, algorithmic composition, and computational approaches to musicological inquiry. After graduating, she was hired by the MIT music department to develop curriculum for a class in computational musicology to be taught by associate professor Michael Scott Cuthbert, under whom she also served as a research assistant and programmer for the music21 computer-aided musicology project.
Tina holds S. B. degrees in Biological Engineering and Music from MIT, and an M.F.A in Composition and Music Theory from Brandeis University. Her primary teachers include Peter Child, David Rakowski, and Lei Liang, and she has studied computer music with Miller Puckette and Tom Erbe.