In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Tina Davidson.
Tina Davidson is a highly regarded American composer whose music stands out for its emotional depth and lyrical dignity. She received her BA in piano and composition from Bennington College in 1976 where she studied with Henry Brant, Louis Calabro, Vivian Fine, and Lionel Nowak. Over her forty-five-year career, Davidson has been commissioned by well-known ensembles such as National Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, Roanoke Symphony, VocalEssence, Kronos Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, Hilary Hahn and public television (WHYY-TV). She founded the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum and served as its director from 1999-2001. She was president of the New Music Alliance, a national organization, which has been responsible for the New Music America Festivals. She organized a nationwide festival entitled “New Music Across America,” which ran in 18 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In 1992 she wrote a widely-circulated article on women in music for Ms. Magazine. She currently resides in central Pennsylvania.
Suggested Choral Pieces:
- Alleluya (from “River of Love, River of Light”) [contact composer]
- Antiphon for a Virgin (from “River of Love, River of Light”) [contact composer]
- Hymn of the Universe (Beyond the Blue Horizon Music) [contact composer]
For more information about Davidson or her work, please visit http://www.tinadavidson.com/.