An active composer and performer, Dr. Heather Gilligan has recently written works for the Keene State College Chamber Singers, the Keene State College Concert Band, The Chamber Singers of Keene, The Rivers School’s “Seminar On Contemporary Music For the Young,” Juventas! New Music Ensemble, and Lorelei Ensemble. She serves as accompanist and Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Singers of Keene and was appointed Composer of the Year in 2010 by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. Before coming to Keene State College, she taught music theory and aural skills at Boston University and keyboard harmony at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also taught piano and music theory classes at the Brookline Music School, where she served as coordinator of both the piano and theory departments. At Keene State College she coordinates theory and aural skills; she also teaches theory and composition.
Dr. Gilligan received her D.M.A. in Composition from Boston University in 2008, where she won the Malloy Miller Prize in Composition, a Dean Scholarship, and a Department Honor Award. At BU she studied composition with Richard Cornell, Martin Amlin, and Ketty Nez. She earned her M.M. in Composition from the Longy School of Music, where she studied composition and piano. In summer of 2002 she completed, with distinction, a course at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, under the auspices of the European American Musical Alliance. She also holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Lehigh University.