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Tina Tallon is a San Diego-based composer, computer musician, soprano, and arts documentarian pursuing her doctoral studies in composition at the University of California, San Diego. Her music has been performed around the world by ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, wild Up, Talea, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Calder Quartet, members of the JACK Quartet, h2 quartet, and Transient Canvas. 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 the LA Philharmonic, Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, wild Up, HOCKET Duo, and the SJSU Wind Ensemble. Ms. Tallon holds B.S. degrees in Biological Engineering and Music from MIT and an M.F.A in Composition and Music Theory from Brandeis University. Her primary composition teachers include Peter Child, David Rakowski, and Lei Liang, and she has studied computer music with Miller Puckette and Tom Erbe.