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Tawnie Olson: Biography

Tawnie Olson
1974 -
Region: Prairie

Tawnie Olson

Described as "especially glorious... ethereal" by Whole Note, and "a highlight of the concert" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson draws inspiration from politics, spirituality, the natural world, and the musicians for whom she composes. She has received commissions from the Canadian Art Song Project, Third Practice/New Music USA, the Canada Council for the Arts, Mount Holyoke College/The Women’s Philharmonic, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Robert Baker Commissioning Fund, among others. In 2017, she received an OPERA America Discovery Grant to develop a new work with re:Naissance Opera, and a Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant to study field recording at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
She is the composer-in-residence of the 2018 Women Composers Festival of Hartford.

Her music is performed on five continents, and can also be heard on recordings by the Canadian Chamber Choir, soprano Magali Simard-Galdes, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum, bassoonist Rachael Elliott, oboist Catherine Lee, and Shawn Mativetsky, McGill professor of tabla and percussion. Her scores are available from the Canadian Music Centre, Galaxy Music, Mark Foster/Hal Leonard, and E.C. Schirmer (O Inexpressible Mystery - forthcoming).


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