AboutTiffany Ng is associate professor of Carillon 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 fifteen countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, including the 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.
EducationPh.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
Work Shared in CORE
“Annotated Bibliography of African American Carillon Music
,” Bulletin of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America
68 (2019). Review
of The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life
, by Niall Atkinson, Journal of Sonic Studies
“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 Anthology
, Computer Music Journal
38:4 (2014). Tintinnabulation! Exhibit Catalog.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, 2006. Catalog of the Mechelen Municipal Carillon Museum
. Mechelen, Belgium: Koninklijke Beiaardschool, 2006. Sheet music
Editor, “The Music of March
.” Songs from John Lewis’ March
trilogy arranged for carillon. American Carillon Music Editions, forthcoming.
“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 carillon composition. The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (2007).
Upcoming Talks and Conferences2020 concert tours in Australia and Portugal
2020 Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
MembershipsAmerican Musicological Society
Organ Historical Society (Publications Advisory Committee)
The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (Johan Franco Composition Fund)
Westfield Center for Historical Keyboards (Board of Directors)
Historical Keyboard Society of North America