Dubbed "especially glorious... ethereal" by Whole Note, and "a highlight of the concert" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and individual musicians, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gemini Duo, Duo Fiolûtröniq, the Satie Quartet, the Land's End Ensemble, the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Yale Camerata and Yale Pro Musica, bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson, and harpsichordist Katelyn Clark.
Recent projects include La Folia, a new work for harpsichord commissioned by Katelyn Clark with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Urban Legend, commissioned by ACES Educational Center for the Arts for the ECA Chamber Orchestra, As Rain Hollows Stone, written for the Wanmu Percussion Trio, and Mille Regretz, written for Duo Fiolûtröniq. Last May a recording of her composition Chantez à l'Éternel was released on the Canadian Chamber Choir's debut album, "In Good Company."
Olson holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. This semester she is an adjunct professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music.