Music of the 21st Century: Jennifer Higdon

Music of the 21st Century is an annual residency that brings some of the world’s most outstanding composers to the DePauw University School of Music. It provides students and faculty members a special opportunity for personal interaction with these composers to study, perform, and share with our audiences the music of our time. This five-day residency is generously underwritten by Robert A. Schmidt (’69) and Margaret Sheridan Schmidt (’69).

Jennifer Higdon | Feb. 12 – 16, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winner JENNIFER HIGDON (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. 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,” her works have been performed throughout the world, and are enjoyed by audiences at several hundred performances a year and on over sixty CDs. Higdon’s work blue cathedral is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral compositions by a living American with more than 600 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000.

Higdon holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.M. in Flute Performance from Bowling Green State University, and an Artist Diploma in Music Composition from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Her Percussion Concerto won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in January 2010. She also 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.”

Among her national honors, Higdon has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters (two awards), the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP. She was also honored by the Delaware Symphony with the A.I. DuPont Award for her contributions to the symphonic literature. Most recently, she was awarded the Distinguished Arts Award by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

Dr. Higdon is the Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies at The Curtis Institute of Music, where she has inspired a generation of young composers and musicians.

For more information, visit www.jenniferhigdon.com.

Check back for a downloadable schedule of Music of the 21st Century events (Feb. 12-16) as the festival approaches.