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Tiffany Ng

Assistant Professor of Music

Tiffany Ng is an assistant professor of carillon and university carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. An energetic advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered or revived two dozen pieces by emerging and established composers from Ken Ueno to Kaikhosru Sorabji; pioneered models for interactive “crowdsourced” carillon performances and environmental data-driven sound installations with Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Ed Campion, and Ken Goldberg; and through her composer collaborations significantly increased the American repertoire for carillon and electronics. Her concert career has taken her to festivals in a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, including Berkeley’s 2015 Campanile Centennial, Stanford’s 2014 CCRMA anniversary festival, the 23rd International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens, Florida, the 2014 International Carillon Festival Barcelona, and the 2008 Post-Congress Festival of the World Carillon Federation. At U-M, she is a faculty affiliate in the LSA Digital Studies program.

Ng’s previous positions 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). A semi-permanent exhibition of bells that she curated is on display at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments. She is former assistant director of the Women in Music Festival and the Contemporary Organ Music Festival in Rochester, New York; author of the multimedia catalog of the Municipal Carillon Museum of Mechelen, Belgium; and an advisory board member of the nascent Asian Guild of Carillonneurs and Bellringers.

Ng’s awards include 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.

(Photo by Nick Hagen)


Licentiate diploma, magna cum laude, Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn”
PhD (musicology and new media), University of California – Berkeley
MM (organ), Eastman School of Music
BA (English and music), Yale University

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