The Kennedy Center

Tina Davidson


Tina Davidson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up in Oneonta, NY and Pittsburgh, Pa. Her B.A. in piano and composition were received from Bennington College in 1976. She has written for orchestra, mixed instrumental and vocal ensembles, soloists, as well as works with pre-recorded tape playback.  Ms. Davidson has composed orchestral, string, chamber, vocal, choral and operatic works as well as music for children, this while fulfilling commissions.

As part of Meet the Composer "New Residencies”, Ms. Davidson was composer-in-residence at OperaDelaware, the Newark Symphony and the YWCA in Delaware. She has been composer-in-residence at the Fleisher Art Memorial, and served as the composer-in-residence for the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia; ran the "New Orchestral Project, Philadelphia, was President of the New Music Alliance, a national organization, responsible for the New Music America Festivals.
Ms. Davidson’s outreach activites include an educational program storybook and post-performance audience conversation about issues raised in her work.  She has also worked with homeless women at a residential facility in writing small operas of their lives for two years and has created the Young Composers program to teach inner city children how to write music through instrument building, improvisation, and invented notation.

The recipient of numerous prestigious grants and fellowships, Ms. Davidson was the first classical composer awarded a $50,000 Pew Fellowship. She has received four Artist’s Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, CAP grants from the American Music Center and numerous Meet the Composer grants.

Tina Davidson


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