Tanya Gille is Professor of Piano at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Previously, she was Associate Dean of the College of Music and an active member of the piano faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her degrees include a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music plus a Bachelor of Music with High Distinction and Master of Music with Highest Distinction from Indiana University where she studied with Jorge Bolet.
A frequent performer of contemporary music, Gille has played most of the chamber music of Pulitzer-Prize winner George Crumb teaching seminars with the composer in this country and abroad. Critics have praised her playing calling her a “pianist of uncommon taste and compelling musicianship” with “unerring rhythmic sense,” “masterful technique,” etc. Her piano/percussion ensemble has been engaged by the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the European Month of Culture, Festival Ljubljana, etc. Dr. Gille has received numerous grants including awards from the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions. She has recorded for Albany Records and performed for American and European radio broadcasts.
An active clinician, adjudicator, convention artist, and panelist for many events of the Music Teachers National Association, Tanya Gille will be performing for the 2007 MTNA conference in Toronto. During her tenure at Texas Wesleyan University, she was chosen “Teacher of the Year” by the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Gille’s interest in well-coordinated piano technique has led to her work with John Bloomfield (assistant to Edna Golandsky and Dorothy Taubman) and Barbara Lister-Sink. Her pre-college piano students especially have won many awards around the country including scholarships for study with artists such as Menahem Pressler. Graduate assistants in piano whom she supervised during her long tenure at CU-Boulder won awards for teaching and are employed at universities throughout the country.