Augusta Read Thomas: Reflection on my Journey
of Becoming a Leading American Female Composer 

March 12

1-2 p.m.

Location: Luchsinger Lounge, Alston


Dr. Thomas will discuss her career as a professor and composer leading up to her Grammy Award-winning compositions. She is among the minority of composers as a female and is incredibly accomplished; in 2007 she was one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. At the end of the event, we will open the floor for a Q&A session.


AugustaAugusta Read Thomas (born in 1964 in Glen Cove, New York) was the Mead Composer-in-Residence, for Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1997 through 2006. In 2007, her ASTRAL CANTICLE was one of the two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music - (Ornette Coleman, free jazz composer, was the winner that year). She is University Professor (one of five University Professors) at The University of Chicago. Augusta was MUSICALIVE Composer-in-Residence with the New Haven Symphony, a national residency program of The League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer.

Thomas was on the Board of Directors of the American Music Center from 2000 to 2011, as well as on the boards and advisory boards of several chamber music groups. She was elected Chair of the Board of the American Music Center, a volunteer position, from 2005 to 2008. Augusta has been on the Board of the ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) for many years; is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund; is on the Board of Trustees of The American Society for the Royal Academy of Music since; is a Member of the Conseil Musical de la Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco; and is on the Eastman School of Music’s National Council.

Augusta taught composition at Tanglewood during the summers of 2003 - 2010. In summer 2012, with Chris Rouse, she taught, for four weeks, the Advanced Master Class in Composition at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2014, she taught with and for Mario Davidovsky at the Wellesley Composers Conference. For the 2014/2015 academic year, she is a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar. In 2013, Nimbus Records embarked on a project to record her complete works.

Don't miss her concert and artist talk at 7:30 on Thursday sponsored by the Department of Music, the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund, and Phi Beta Kappa. Location: Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall. Click here for more details.





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