Pulitzer Prize winner Higdon to visit WLU
Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon will visit West Liberty University on March 6th and 7th, 2013.
- Wednesday, March 6th at 9am, Higdon will present a Composition Masterclass for WLU students.
- Thursday, March 7th, Higdon will be filming a Webinar in the WLU-TV Studio and will be responding to questions submitted by young musicians from around the state of West Virginia.
Jennifer Higdon will be in Residence with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra March 6-8 through the generosity of Judge & Mrs. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., funding from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and a grant through the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy.
Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon maintains a full schedule of commissions and her music is known for its technical skill and audience appeal. Hailed by The Washington Post as “a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit,” she is one of America’s most frequently performed composers.
Pulitzer-prize winner Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) is one of the most performed living American composers working today. Her list of commissioners range from the Cleveland Orchestra to the Philadelphia Orchestra; from eighth blackbird to the Tokyo String Quartet; and from The President’s Own Marine Band to such artists as Hilary Hahn. Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing Higdon’s work as a “deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.” She has also received awards from the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters (two awards), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP. In January, 2010, Higdon received a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto. She holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.