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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 such esteemed musicians as Tony Arnold, Talea, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, 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 saxophone concerto, studies on the intensification of light and shadow, was a finalist for the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. 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, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble, soundSCAPE Festival, Transient Canvas, and the OSU Frontiers New Music 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 teachers include Peter Child, David Rakowski, and Lei Liang.