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Augusta Read Thomas

2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival

July 24, 2013

Augusta Read Thomas is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she was Mead Composer-in-Residence for Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1997 through 2006. From 1993 to 2001, Thomas was an assistant professor, then associate professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music, and from 2001 to 2006 she was the Wyatt Professor of Music at Northwestern University.

In 2007 and 2008, Thomas was a visiting scholar in the Department of Music in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Frequently, Thomas undertakes short-term residencies in colleges, universities and festivals across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas studied composition with Jacob Druckman at Yale University, with Alan Stout and Bill Karlins at Northwestern University and at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

She was a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University (1991–1994) and a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College (1990–1991), and she often teaches composition at Tanglewood. Thomas has also been on the board of directors of the American Music Center since 2000 as well as on the boards and advisory boards of several chamber music groups. In addition to the numerous commercial recordings of her music available on major record labels, Thomas has released five of her own albums independently. Augusta Read Thomas’s music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer Inc.