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Martha Hill Duncan: Biography

Martha Hill Duncan
1955 -
Region: Ontario

Martha Hill Duncan

Martha Hill Duncan is an award-winning composer, choral conductor, piano teacher and an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. A transplanted Texan, she began piano lessons at the age of eight, received a vocal diploma in the first graduating class of the Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with studies in composition and piano.

Some of Martha’s generous and inspirational teachers include composers Donald Grantham and Sam Dolin, who encouraged her to express her musical ideas, and influential piano teachers Danielle Martin, Gregory Allen, Errol Haun and Trudy Borden who helped hone her performance and teaching skills.

Martha is known for her piano, vocal and choral compositions with some of her solos works appearing in music conservatory publications and syllabi. Her opera, Searching the Painted Sky, with Waterloo, Ontario librettist, Janet Windeler Ryan, was premiered by The El Paso Youth Opera at the National Opera Association Convention in New York City in 2014 and in Toronto in 2015.

Martha is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks a composers’ collective and websource for new piano repertoire and conducts the women’s choir She Sings! She enjoys sharing her musical experience, insights and challenges with students, fellow teachers and composer colleagues and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator. She lives in Kingston, Ontario with her husband Martin, an astrophysicist, and has two grown children - Alex, a mathematician, and Claire, a singer and voice over artist.


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