Libby Larsen
photo: Ann Marsden
Libby Larsen:
Libby Larsen is one of America's most prolific and most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 200 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral and choral scores She has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 1994 Grammy as producer of the CD: The Art of Arleen Augér. Ms Larsen was the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra, she has held residencies with the California Institute of the Arts, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Philadelphia School of the Arts, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. In 1973, she co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, which has been an invaluable advocate for composers in a difficult, transitional time for American arts.
Augusta Read Thomas
photo: Jerome de Perlingui
Augusta Read Thomas:
Augusta Read Thomas is a Professor on the composition faculty at Northwestern University, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Music Center. She previously taught at the Eastman School of Music, and she is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Thomas' chamber-opera LIGEIA won the prestigious International Orpheus Prize. She has also received numerous prizes and awards from: ASCAP, BMI, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Koussevitzky Foundation- just to name a few!
Joan Tower
photo: Steven J. Sherman
Joan Tower:
Joan Tower is one of this generation's most dynamic and colorful composers. Her bold and energetic music, with its striking imagery and novel structural forms, has won large, enthusiastic audiences. She was founder and pianist with the 1973 Naumburg Award-winning ensemble the Da Capo Chamber Players. Today, she is composer-in-residence for the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Ms Tower has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Alfred I. DuPont Award for Distinguished American Composers and Conductors. She is currently Asher Edelman Professor of Music at Bard College, where she has taught since 1972. She is also composer-in-residence of the Yale/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and composer-in-residence at the Muir Quartet Festival at Park City, Utah
Judith Lang Zaimont
photo:Michael Kuller
Judith Lang Zaimont:
Judith Lang Zaimont is an internationally-recognized composer with an impressive catalogue of close to 100 works, many of which are prize-winning compositions. These include two symphonies, chamber opera, oratorios and cantatas, music for wind ensemble, vocal-chamber pieces with varying accompanying ensembles, a wide variety of chamber works, and solo music for string and wind instruments, piano, organ, and voice. Her many composition awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship; Maryland State Arts Council creative fellowship and commission grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and American Composers Forum . Formerly a member of the faculties of Queens College and Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory of Music, Judith Zaimont currently holds the post of Professor of Composition at the University of Minnesota School of Music. She is also the founder and co-director of the New York-based performing ensemble, AMERICAN ACCENT, and creator and editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed book series, The Musical Woman: An International Perspective (3 vols., Greenwood Press).
  Karin Pendle:
Musicologist Karin Pendle has written extensively on women in music. Her articles have appeared in Musical Quarterly, Music and Letters, Music Review, Journal of Musicology, Opera News, and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and Contemporary Music Review and second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. She is editor for Women in Music, available from Indiana University Press.

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