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Judith Shatin

Location: Virginia, USA
Judith Shatin ( is a composer whose music reflects her deep engagement with the sounding world, literary and visual arts, and the social and communicative power of music. Shatin is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Sound sources range from the crunch of a potato chip, to the clink of a fork on cup, the pull of tape on a box, as well as the full panoply of acoustic instruments and voice. Widely recorded and internationally performed, she has increasingly turned to choral music in recent years, with performances by groups including the Chicago Chorale, New Amsterdam Singers, Washington Men’s Camerata, Scottish Voices, New York Treble Singers and many more. Her music has been commissioned by organizations including the Barlow and Fromm Foundations and the Library of Congress. It has also been commissioned by ensembles such as Ash Lawn Opera, Da Capo Chamber Players, Kronos Quartet, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Scottish Voices, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Virginia Glee Glub, and the National and Richmond Symphonies. She is a four-time fellowship recipient from the NEA, and has received multiple grants from Meet the Composer and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. A two-year retrospective of her music was sponsored by the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program, culminating in the commissioning of Coal, an evening-length folk oratorio that includes sounds harvested in a working coal mine. In demand as a master teacher, Shatin has served as BMI composer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, as senior composer at the Wellesley Composers Forum, and will be  Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.  

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