Associate Dean/ Professor, Music
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” - Ludwig van Beethoven
D.M.A., University of South Carolina; Performance Certificate: University of South Carolina
M.M., in Musicology, Northwestern University
B.A., in Music, UNC-Wilmington
Amy Hardison Tully performs as an orchestral, chamber, and solo artist and is praised for her shimmering tone and flawless technique. She was principal flutist with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for ten years, and as a freelance flutist she has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (S.C), the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (FL), the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (N.C.), The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (N.C.) and the Thalian Hall Opera Theatre Orchestra (N.C.). Internationally she has held principal flute chairs on orchestral and wind symphony tours to Germany, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.
An active performer and clinician, Tully is a past winner of the Convention Performers Competition sponsored by the National Flute Association, where she performed at the 2007 annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Other conference invitations include recitals on the 2008 Florida Flute Association annual conference, the 2008 South Carolina Flute Society in Columbia, S.C., the 2011 National Flute Association conference in Charlotte, N.C. and the 2009 and 2015 South Carolina Music Educators’ Conference. As a strong advocate of new music, she performed the world premiere of Paul Rice Songs by composer Beth Wiemann, a song cycle for soprano, flute, and guitar that she helped commission and most recently she gave the world premiere of Dance Suite for Flute and Piano and Duetto for Flute and Guitar by South Carolina composer, Andrew Fowler. Other new music projects include commissions for flute choir and chamber choir, Love is Not Love by Andrew Fowler and Two from Twelfth by Donald Sloan, both which were premiered at the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Summer 2015.
As a chamber musician she performs and tours with the Tully Hull Flute and Guitar Duo with guitarist Daniel Hull. They have given recitals on many local and regional concert series including the Mid-Atlantic Flute Conference in Washington, D.C. and the Piccolo Spoleto music festival in Charleston, S.C.
In addition to performing and teaching, research continues to be an important focus of Amy’s scholarship. Her dissertation Henry Cowell: Diverse Works for Flute (published by VDM-Verlag, 2008) discusses little-known works for flute by American composer Henry Cowell. Her most recent article, “Chamber Music in America in the Twentieth Century” is found in the music encyclopedia Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture (California: ABC-CLIO, 2013). Other writing contributions include editing “A Guide to Flute Clubs” published by the National Flute Association (2011) and articles for the South Carolina Flute Society quarterly newsletter. In 2013 she wrote a grant to fund the America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway project, which awarded $1,500 from the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Society for American Music. The project featured 6 documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music and focused on the American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, and mambo and hip hop. The documentary and performance presentations were held on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Spring 2014.
Tully is currently Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Music at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., where she teaches flute and research methods, and conducts the University Flute Choir. She holds memberships in the National Flute Association, the College Music Society and the South Carolina Flute Society, where she currently serves as president, and she is an artist endorser of Azumi Flutes by Altus and Jupiter Flutes. She holds the B.A. in Flute Performance (with Honors) from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington, the M.M. in Musicology from Northwestern University, and the Artist Diploma and D.M.A. in Flute Performance from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where she studied with Constance Lane and Donna Shin.
Flute, Music History
Baroque Era (1600-1750) and Twentieth-Century Music History