Heather Gilligan is Associate Professor of Music at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where she oversees the areas of Theory, Aural Skills, and Composition; teaches Composition and Theory; and coaches the Contemporary Ensemble. An active composer and performer, she has recently written works for the Keene State and Boston University Percussion Ensembles, soprano Margot Rood, the Arneis String Quartet, the Chamber Singers of Keene, Anthology vocal quartet, Ensemble 451, and Lorelei Ensemble.
Her choral work, “I’ll See You in the Morning,” was premiered last year at Carnegie Hall as part of the World Projects 2014 New York Choral Festival. She has been commissioned to write an orchestral work for the Washington D.C. International Music Festival, which will take place at the Kennedy Center in April, 2015. Dr. Gilligan is a member of the Boston Composers Coalition, a group of seven composers dedicated to the creation, performance, education, and dissemination of new American music. She currently serves as Coordinator of Undergraduate Research for the School of Arts and Humanities at Keene State College. She served as Accompanist and Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Singers of Keene from 2010-2014 and she was named the New Hampshire Music Educators Association “Composer of the Year” in 2010.