Gillian Rae Perry enjoys finding ways that her music can break people out of their day to day routine and invite them to glimpse the extraordinary all around them. Perry studied abroad in Paris with the EAMA-Nadia Boulanger Institute during the summer of 2016 and the summer of 2018. During her time in Paris, she studied harmony, counterpoint, musicianship, and composition, all of which greatly influenced her process as a composer. Her time in Paris reinforced her belief that intentionality is one of the most important aspects of composition. Perry was awarded the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Young Composers Competition, allowing her to have her piece, Soul’s Response, rehearsed and performed by the TVMF orchestra. Perry recently won a fellowship with the LA Chamber Orchestra as a composition teaching artist. Perry graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in both music composition and film and is greatly influenced by art forms outside of music – such as film, dance, and theatre. An avid poetry reader and writer, Perry is also influenced by text and how text can interact with music in both spoken and non spoken ways. Perry holds an MFA in music composition from The California Institute of the Arts.