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Judith Shatin

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Judith Shatin is a composer, sound artist, community arts partner and educator. Her music, called “something magical” by Fanfare, reflects her fascination with the arts, the sounding world, and the communicative power of music. Known for her dramatic acoustic music, she has also created a large body of path-breaking electroacoustic music. Shatin is fascinated by the interaction of music and text, and the ways in which music can amplify the emotional meaning of words. Her choral music has been commissioned by such groups as the New York Treble Singers (Amulet), the San Francisco Girls Chorus (Beetles, Monsters and Roses), the UVA University Singers (Birkat Hakohanim), the Virginia Glee Club (The Jabberwocky), and the Young Peoples Chorus of NYC (Why the Caged Bird Sings). Commissions have also come from the Ash Lawn Opera, Barlow and Fromm Foundations, the Library of Congress, Kronos Quartet and the National Symphony, among many others. A recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, Shatin has also been honored with awards from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, New Jersey State Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. A two-year retrospective of her music, culminating in her folk oratorio COAL, was sponsored by the Lila-Wallace Readers-Digest Arts Partners Program. Performed by such ensembles as the Chicago Chorale, the Minnesota Center Chorale, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus and WomenSing, her music has also been performed by the Denver, Houston, Illinois, Knoxville, National and Richmond Symphonies, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Cassatt, Ciompi and Kronos Quartets.

Currently William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, Judith Shatin is a staunch advocate for new music. She has served twice on the Board of Directors of the League-ISCM as well as serving on the board of the American Composers Alliance and as President of American Women Composers. She sits on the national council of the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Advisory Board of the International Alliance for Women in Music and the Educated at Douglass College (AB, Phi Beta Kappa), The Juilliard School (MM) and Princeton University (PhD), she has twice been a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, with additional residencies at Bramshaus, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, La Cité des Arts, Mishkan Omanim, the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Yaddo.

Shatin is also in high demand as a master teacher, serving in that capacity at the Wellesley Composer Conference, as BMI Composer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, Master Composer at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and numerous other settings. Her music is recorded on the Centaur, Innova, Neuma, New World, Parma and Sonora labels. It is published, in addition to Ione Press, by C.F. Peters, Colla Voce, Hal Leonard and Wendigo Music, the latter distributed by MMB.


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