Martha Hill Duncan is an award-winning composer, choral conductor and
private piano teacher. A transplanted Texan, she received a vocal diploma
from the Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts and graduated
from the University of Texas at Austin with studies in composition and piano.
After immigrating to Canada, she continued her musical studies with Dr.
Samuel Dolin in Toronto.
Several of her piano and vocal works from her collections Cottage Days, Isla
Vista Suite, Precipitations, The Sunken Garden, Limestone Etchings Series
and Singing in the Northland appear in the Royal Conservatory of Music,
Canada Conservatory, Canadian National Conservatory of Music and
Contemporary Showcase syllabi. Many of her vocal works honour her adopted
country of Canada and her Singing in the Northland, Searching, Summer and
Saskatchewan Songs are set to Canadian texts. Her opera, Searching the
Painted Sky, with Waterloo librettist Janet Windeler Ryan was premiered by
The El Paso Youth Opera in New York City in January, 2014 and in Toronto,
Martha is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks a cross-Canada
composers’ collective and websource for new piano repertoire and conducts the
Kingston women’s choir She Sings! She is also a piano examiner for the Royal
Conservatory of Music, and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator. She lives in
Kingston, Ontario with her husband Martin, an astrophysicist. They have two
grown children – Alex, a mathematician, and Claire, a singer and voice over
artist. For more information, visit www.marthahillduncan.com