Composer, Mara Gibson is originally from Charlottesville, VA, graduated from Bennington College and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She attended London College of Music; L’École des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France; and the International Music Institute at Darmstadt, Germany. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts KC, Meet the Composer, the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, and the John Hendrick Memorial Foundation. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists have performed her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, and Europe.
Recent projects include an a world premiere of D(u)o, a residency in Norway funded through the Trondheim Arts Council including a premiere performance of Fanfare, and a premiere of E:Tip with Madeleine Shapiro made possible through an the Encore award. During Summer 2009, Mara was an Artist in Residence at Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2011 and 2012, she returned to Thailand in Chiang Mai at Payap University and back to Bangkok again at Mahidol College of Music.
New work includes a piece for duo Contour based in Freiburg, Germany, the DVD release of Map of Rain Hitting Water with percussionist Mark Lowry of newEar and videographer Caitlin Horsmon, as well as several newly commissioned works including CANOPY for Chicago-based violist Michael Hall which was premiered, recorded and reviewed in conjunction with the installation of Roxy Paine’s FERMENT at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, E: clipse for sax concerto featuring Shyen Lee from the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, a new clarinet, viola and piano trio, and solo flute piece for Luisa Sello.
In 2012-13, she will complete these projects while teaching at the UMKC Conservatory and leading the Conservatory’s Community Music and Dance Academy as director, where she is founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop and co-director/founder of ArtSounds.