Hilary Tann

With the Heather and Small Birds

            Born and raised in the coalmining district of South Wales, Tann has been a professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York for almost four decades.  A graduate of both the University of Wales in Cardiff and Princeton University, during her long time in the United States she has established herself as one of the most respected and popular composers of her generation.  The creator of many pieces for orchestra and chamber orchestra, she is also known for her many songs, choral works, and chamber works for a diversity of instruments.  Her compositions have garnered many honors; in 2011 she was the Composer-in-residence for the Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School of Music.  One of her distinguishing traits as a composer is her close bond with nature—as well as her n