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Mrs. Bella Tillis

Wrong Bella Tillis?

Music Teacher

Phone: (718) ***-****  HQ Phone
Midwood High School
2839 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn , New York 11210
United States

Company Description: Midwood High School is a large comprehensive high school that serves over 3800 students. We provide rigorous college preparatory instruction combined with the arts,...   more

Employment History

  • High School Music Teacher
    CultureFinder Inc
Web References
CultureFinder | Search for Theater, Broadway, Music, Opera, Dance, and Visual Arts Events and Tickets, 2 Oct 2002 [cached]
My greatest influence is my high school music teacher, Mrs. Bella Tillis, who is still coming to my concerts and for whom I wrote "Fern Hill" which is part of the Dylan Thomas Trilogy.It was the first large scale thing I ever wrote.It was a gift for her and her chorus at Midwood High School in Brooklyn.She was the one who encouraged me to go into music when I was young because my parents did not want me to go into music.She's now at every concert that I do and she looks exactly the same as in the '50s.Some teachers really do change your life and she was certainly one of them.And not just for me, but for a lot of people.
Unattained Ambition:
I love painting.When I was a kid my goal was to be a cartoonist.What I found to be the most inventive and artistic things that I ever saw were Disney's films like Dumbo, which is basically like a musical.It's so extraordinary.
John Corigliano: Fern Hill, 3 Mar 2007 [cached]
In fact, Corigliano revised "Fern Hill" several times, setting it originally for his high school music teacher, Mrs. Bella Tillis, who introduced the work in 1960 with the school choir of which Corigliano had once been a member, accompanied by piano.
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