About

Tiffany Ng is Associate Professor of Music (carillon), chair of the Department of Organ, and university carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. An energetic advocate of diversity in contemporary music, she has premiered or revived over 60 works by emerging and established composers from Yvette Janine Jackson to Augusta Read Thomas, pioneered models for interactive “crowdsourced” carillon performances and environmental data-driven sound installations with Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Ed Campion, Ken Goldberg, John Granzow, and Laura Steenberge, and through her composer collaborations significantly increased the American repertoire for carillon and electronics. Her concert career has taken her to festivals in seventeen countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, including the 2022 Festival Internacional do Carillhão e do Órgão da CICO (Portugal), 2018 University of Chicago Rockefeller Carillon New Music Festival, 2018 Canberra Carillon Festival, 2017 University of Michigan Bicentennial, UC Berkeley 2015 Campanile Centennial, Stanford 2014 CCRMA anniversary festival, 23rd International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens-Florida, 2014 International Carillon Festival Barcelona, and 2008 Post-Congress Festival of the World Carillon Federation.

Dr. Ng’s previous appointments include visiting professor of Music History at St. Olaf College, associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, and instructor of Carillon at the University of Rochester. Her musicology dissertation, “The Heritage of the Future: Historical Keyboards, Technology, and Modernism,” explores the carillon and organ in terms of music technology, the Early Music movement, and the Cold War in America and the Netherlands, drawing on media studies, urban planning, legal history, and the history of military electronics to reevaluate the Organ Reform Movement and the postwar use of carillons as diplomatic and urban planning technologies.

Ng holds a licentiate diploma magna cum laude from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” where she studied with Geert D’hollander, a PhD from UC Berkeley where she studied with Richard Taruskin (musicology and new media), a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with William Porter (organ), and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (English and music). She is a former special exhibit curator at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, former assistant director of the Women in Music Festival and the Contemporary Organ Music Festival in Rochester, New York, and author of the multimedia catalog of the Municipal Carillon Museum of Mechelen, Belgium. She currently serves on advisory boards and chair positions for the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs, the Organ Historical Society, and the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and serves on the Council of the American Musicological Society.

Ng’s awards include the campus-wide Henry Russel Award for exceptional research, creativity, and teaching at the University of Michigan, the Shirley Verrett Award for outstanding support of women of color in the arts, the U-M Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, the Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Fellowship, the Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship for Carillon Studies, the E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center Fellowship, the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies paper award, and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship.

Education

Ph.D. in Musicology and New Media Studies, UC Berkeley

M.M. in Organ Performance & Literature / Arts Leadership Certificate, Eastman School of Music

Licentiate from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” (Belgium)

B.A. in English and Music, Yale University

Other Publications

“Ultimate Parameter Control: The Military-Industrial Idealization and Gendering(s) of the Organ Interface,” Keyboard Perspectives 12 (2019-2020): 101-21.

Review of The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life, by Niall Atkinson, Journal of Sonic Studies 17 (2019).

A New History of the Carillon,” review of Singing Bronze, by Luc Rombouts, Keyboard Perspectives 8 (2015): 185-94.

“Review: The 2011 GCNA and WCF Congresses,” Bulletin of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America 60 (2011): 7-19.

“Polartide,” Sound and Video AnthologyComputer Music Journal 38:4 (2014).

Albums

Hall of Mirrors” for carillon and electronics by Sarah Davachi on Two Sisters (Late Music)

Dark Matters: Carillon Music of Stephen Rush (innova Records)

Works by Jung Sun Kang and Matias Vilaplana on Ripple Effects (Rockefeller Chapel)

Two improvisations on AA Volume 4 (Clear As Day)

Sheet music

Editor, “The Music of March: A Civil Rights Carillon Collection.” Songs from Rep. John Lewis’ autobiographical March trilogy arranged for carillon. American Carillon Music Editions (2019).

Redding, Otis and Aretha Franklin, “Respect,” arranged  for carillon. The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (2019).

Rodgers, Nile and Bernard Edwards, “I’m Coming Out,” arranged for carillon. The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (2019).

Three Preludes by Clara Schumann,” arranged for carillon. American Carillon Music Editions (2019).

Melita,” arranged for carillon. American Carillon Music Editions (2019).

Gershwin, George. “The Man I Love,” arranged for carillon. The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (2017).

Mendelssohn, Felix. “Venetianisches Gondellied,” arranged for carillon. American Carillon Music Editions (2017).

Adagietto,” original composition. The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (2007).

Interviews

Yiqing Ma, “DEI Talks: An Interview with Tiffany Ng on Diversifying Carillon Repertoire,” Music & Politics In the Moment, Oct. 20, 2021.

ListN Up: Tiffany Ng,” I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, Apr. 17, 2021.

Blog Posts

    Projects

    A Century of Women and the Carillon (StoryMaps)

    The Tsar Bell Project – GitHub

    Hack The Bells: An Open Culture Carillon Contest – Organizer’s Toolkit

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    2022 concert tour to Portugal (works by Sarah Davachi, Connor Chee, Bora Yoon, Phyllis Chen, Jane Brockman, et al)

    Memberships

    American Musicological Society (AMS Council)

    The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (Board of Directors; Chair of the Archives Committee; Johan Franco Composition Fund)

    Westfield Center for Historical Keyboards (Board of Trustees; DEI Committee)

    Organ Historical Society (Publications Advisory Board, 2018–22)

    Historical Keyboard Society of North America

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