Gillian Rae Perry grew up in a small town south of Dallas, Texas. As a child, Perry enjoyed coming up with new tunes as she wandered open fields outside of her rural house. Even as a young adult, Perry finds inspiration from her experiences growing up in the country. Perry studied abroad in Paris with the EAMA-Nadia Boulanger Institute during the summer of 2016 as well as 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.In other words, each note must be placed with a purpose. Perry recently won 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 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 is currently a graduate student at the California Institute of the Arts and will graduate with her MFA in Music Composition in the Spring of 2019.