A “virtuoso” (HKSNA) in command of a range of expression from “eerie sonance” (Diapason) to “jumpy athleticism” (Chicago Classical Review), Tiffany Ng, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Organ, Associate Professor of Music (carillon), and University Carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A dynamic advocate of diversity in contemporary music, she has premiered over 60 carillon and organ pieces by composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Yvette Janine Jackson, and Connor Chee, co-pioneered models for interactive carillon performances and environmental-data-driven sound installations at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Michigan, and through her collaborations significantly increased the American repertoire for carillon and electronics. Her current multi-year project, “A Century of Women and the Carillon,” can be visited at CarillonWomen.org.
Ng’s concert career spans festivals in seventeen countries in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America, including the 2022 CICO International Festival for the Carillon and the Organ (Portugal), the 2018 University of Chicago Rockefeller Carillon New Music Festival, 2018 Canberra Carillon Festival (Australia), 2017 University of Michigan Bicentennial, 2015 UC Berkeley Campanile Centennial, 2014 Stanford 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. Her scholarly articles, which appear in Keyboard Perspectives, the Bulletin of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and the Journal of Sonic Studies, seek to diversify carillon repertoire and queer organ history. Her award-winning recordings of new music by Sarah Davachi (Two Sisters), Stephen Rush (Dark Matters), and more are issued by innova and independent labels, and her scores are published by the GCNA, ACME, and SheetMusicPlus.
A “lively and engaging” educator (HKSNA) and valued mentor (Michigan Daily), Ng has taught masterclasses at Yale, Eastman, Wellesley, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, UT Austin, the Mayo Clinic, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral San Jose. Prior positions include Visiting Professor of Music History at St. Olaf College, Associate Carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, Instructor of Carillon at the University of Rochester, and Assistant Director of the Women in Music Festival and the Contemporary Organ Music Festival in Rochester, New York. She holds a diploma magna cum laude from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” where she studied with Geert D’hollander, a doctorate in Musicology and New Media from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree in Organ from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with William Porter, and a bachelor’s degree in English and Music from Yale University.
Ng serves on the Board of Trustees of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and on the Board of Directors of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Her awards include the University of Michigan’s Shirley Verrett Award, Henry Russel Award, the Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, the GCNA Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship, the E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center Fellowship, and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship.