Tanya Gille

Tanya Gille

Professor of Piano


  • DMA, Eastman School of Music
  • MM, Indiana University
  • BM, Indiana University


Tanya Gille is a professor of piano and the former director of the School of Music at The University of Alabama. Previously, she was an associate dean of the College of Music and an active member of the piano faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she coordinated the piano pedagogy program and supervised the teaching of graduate piano students.

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. Additional work was with Ellen Mack at the Peabody Institute.

A frequent performer of contemporary music, Dr. Gille has played most of the chamber music of Pulitzer-Prize winner George Crumb teaching seminars with the composer in this country and abroad. She has recorded for Albany Records and performed on European and American radio broadcasts.  Critics have described her as 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, and other venues in the U.S. She has received numerous grants including awards from the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions.

Dr. Gille has been an active clinician, adjudicator, and convention artist at many MTNA events (Music Teachers National Association) around the country and was chosen Teacher of the Year by the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association during her tenure at Texas Wesleyan University.  Her interest in the study of well-coordinated piano technique has led to her work over many years with John Bloomfield (assistant to Edna Golandsky and the late Dorothy Taubman) and with Barbara Lister-Sink.