Tina Tallon (b. 1990) is a Boston-based composer, computer musician, vocalist, educator, and arts documentarian completing her doctoral studies in composition at the University of California, San Diego. Her music has been performed internationally by such esteemed musicians as Ensemble Intercontemporain, wild Up, Talea, the La Jolla Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, Tony Arnold, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Calder Quartet, members of the JACK Quartet, h2 quartet, HOCKET Duo, and Transient Canvas, among many others. She has received major awards from organizations such as ASCAP, the Barlow Endowment, the La Jolla Symphony, NewMusicUSA, and others. Recent commissioners include the LA Philharmonic, Guerilla Opera, wild Up, Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, HOCKET Duo, a 10-college wind ensemble consortium led by San Jose State University, pianist Michael Kirkendoll, and Transient Canvas. Her work has been presented internationally at festivals, conferences, and workshops including IRCAM’s ManiFeste, the LA Philharmonic’s National Composers Intensive, New Music Gathering, International Saxophone Symposium, N_SEME, the PARMA Music Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, soundSCAPE festival, New Music on the Point, and the UC Davis Composition Workshop. Academically, her research interests include technological mediation of the human voice, embodied music cognition, physical paradigms of sonic expectation generation, 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. In addition to research grants from Brandeis University, she won one of four inaugural Katzin Prize Fellowships to fund her research at UC San Diego, where she is currently ABD. 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 Tom Erbe and Miller Puckette. She is also the owner and lead documentarian of SALT Arts Documentation, a company that specializes in artistically-informed audiovisual recordings of the performing arts with a specialization in contemporary music, visual arts, theater, and dance. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Clark University.


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Winner, 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony, Steven Schick, Artistic Director

ManiFeste 2017

Ms. Tallon is very honored to have been selected as one of the participants for the 2017 ManiFeste festival at IRCAM in Paris in June. She will be writing a piece for a quartet comprised of soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain to be performed in the Centre Pompidou galleries alongside Yayoi Kusama’s “My Flower Bed.”


‘corpus, fractum’ is part of the h2 quartet’s lastest release, Enrapture! Pick up a copy at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago or next year at the NASA Region III Conference at SDSU! Or, if you’d like to download a digital copy, visit the h2 quartet’s website.


I am very honored and excited to be one of this year’s recipients of a Barlow General Commission! The commission will fund the composition of ‘excision no. 2’ for solo viola and live electronics for Kurt Rohde, who will premiere it next year as part of his Farewell Tour Project. For more information and the […]

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