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Biography
Mara Gibson is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, graduated from Bennington College and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY at Buffalo. Additionally, she attended London College of Music, L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France and the International Music Institute at Darmstadt in Germany. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, KC Arts, Meet the Composer, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, the John Henrick Memorial Foundation and had internationally renowned ensembles and soloists perform her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia and across Europe. Additionally, Dr. Gibson has taught composition, theory, and contemporary music at several universities in Buffalo, New Orleans, and Kansas City.

Recent and upcoming performances include The Banff Center, Bowling Green State University, the Hamstead Author's Society in London, Houston Community College, Loyola University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, New Orleans Center for Creative Artists, the Spark Festival in Minneapolis, Tulane University, the University of Miami, Longy School of Music, Stangvik Festival in Trondheim, Norway, a performance by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the International Composition Fetsival in Bangkok, Thailand, the Universidad Maimonides in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and, locally in Kansas City at the the Belger Arts Center, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Recent projects include an a world premiere of D(u)o in three movements, a residency in Norway funded through the Trondheim Arts Council including a premiere performance of Fanfare and during the summer 2009, Mara was an Artist in Residence at Siilpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Upcoming projects include a new work for duo Contour based in Freiburg, Germany, and a premiere of E:Tip with Madeleine Shapiro made possible through an the Encore award, and two newly commissioned works for Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance (KcEMA) and violist, Michael Hall. In 2010-11, Mara will complete these projects while teaching at the Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and directing the Conservatory's Community Music and Dance Academy.
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