8th Annual Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony

February 21, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The University of Michigan Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) will present its 8th Annual Shirley Verrett Award to Dr. Tiffany Ng, Assistant Professor of Carillon and University Carillonist, on February 21, 2019, at the Stamps Auditorium on North campus.

Dr. Ng is being recognized for her significant contributions in teaching, performance, scholarship, and service that supports the success of women in the arts from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

Please join us for an evening of celebration with a light reception at 5:30 P.M. and a ceremony with special performances beginning at 6:00 P.M.

The event is free and open to the public, however, registration is requested. Feel free to forward this invitation to those who may be interested!

Tiffany NgTiffany Ng, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Carillon and University Carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and serves on the faculty of the North American Carillon School. An energetic advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered or revived over forty pieces by diverse composers, championed women artists, pioneered models for interactive crowdsourced carillon performances and environmental-data-driven sound installations, and through her collaborations significantly increased the American repertoire for carillon and electronics. Her concert career has taken her to festivals in fifteen countries in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America, including the 2018 University of Chicago Rockefeller Carillon New Music Festival, 2018 Canberra Carillon Festival, 2017 University of Michigan Bicentennial, 2015 UC Berkeley Campanile Centennial, 2014 Stanford CCRMA anniversary festival, the 23rd International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens, Florida, the 2014 International Carillon Festival Barcelona, and the 2008 Post-Congress Festival of the World Carillon Federation. She has taught masterclasses at Yale, the Eastman School of Music, Wellesley, the University of Chicago, the University of Toronto, and the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Ng’s previous positions include Associate Carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, and Instructor of Carillon at the University of Rochester (New York). She holds a diploma magna cum laude from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” where she studied with Geert D’hollander, a doctorate from UC Berkeley (Musicology and New Media), a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music (Organ), and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (English and Music). Her awards include the University of Michigan Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Innovation Grant, the Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship for Carillon Studies, the E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society, the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies paper award, and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship. For 2017, she was co-director of the grant project “A Carillon Lab for the 21st Century” for the University of Michigan Bicentennial.


The Shirley Verrett Award was created in 2011 by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost in honor of the late Shirley Verrett, a teacher who “would have walked the world over for her students.” The award is administered by WOCAP at the Center for the Education of Women, and recognizes a faculty member whose teaching, performance, scholarship or service supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

Verrett was a James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, as well as an internationally acclaimed opera singer who was one of the pioneering leaders in the generation of black opera singers. She performed more than 40 roles all over the world during the course of her four-decade career.