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Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927, Kansas City, Missouri), composer and keyboard performer, received degrees in music composition from Yale (BM, MM) and the Eastman School of Music (PhD.). Further studies took her to Brussels on a Fulbright Scholarship and to Tanglewood. The recipient of numerous commissions from schools, churches, and professional groups, she has received many performances around the world. Her music includes works for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voices and electronic pieces. Diemer is Professor Emerita of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught composition from 1971 to 1991. She was Composer-in Residence with the Santa Barbara Symphony from 1990-92. A biography of Diemer by Ellen Grolman Schlegel is published by Greenwood Press: A Bio-Bibliography Emma Lou Diemer.

Flicka Rahn (b. 1944, Corpus Christi, Texas), an accomplished teacher of voice, is Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She has also served on the faculties of Brandeis University, the Boston Conservatory of Music, and University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Ms. Rahn's art songs have been published in the Southern Music Company series "Art Songs by American Women Composers," and her choral works have been performed throughout South Texas. Ms. Rahn's singing career includes opera and oratorio as well as recitals. She has performed American art songs and her own compositions throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. Ms. Rahn holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis (BME), Texas State University (MM) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (MS in Counseling).

Katherine Freiberger (b. 1927, Mineral Wells, Texas) holds degrees in piano from SMU and English literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She maintained a private piano studio in Dallas, Texas for 25 years, where a number of her contest pieces for ten piano teams of the Dallas Music Teachers Association were chosen for the Federation of Music Clubs lists. Her compositions include piano, vocal and choral works, often utilizing flute, oboe or marimba. Ms. Freiberger received the Elizabeth Matthias Award for Professional Achievement from Mu Phi Epsilon and won a First Prize in Mu Phi's International Composition Contest for her setting of the The Coffee-Pot Face poems by Colorado poet Aileen Fisher. Winter Apples, set to poems by Charlie Langdon, another Colorado poet, was premiered in 2004 at Trinity University in San Antonio, Ms. Freiberger divides her time between Durango, CO and Dallas, TX.

Libby Larsen (b. 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America's most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre, from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral and choral scores. A Grammy Award winner, Larsen is widely recorded—including 50 CDs of her work—and is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world. As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum. Former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.

Elizabeth R. Austin (b. 1938, Baltimore, Maryland) studied at Goucher College and the Conservatoire Americaine in Fontainebleau, France. She went on to earn a Masters in Music from the Hartt School of Music and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. While at Hartt, she established a faculty/student exchange with the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Heidelberg- Mannheim, and now divides her time between Germany and the U.S. promoting an exchange of people and ideas through internationally sponsored projects, including composer exchanges. Dr. Austin's music has been performed in Prague, Rome, Finland, Germany, the Caribbean and America. Her awards include a Rockefeller Foundation grant for a month-long residency in Italy, a Connecticut Commission on the Arts grant, and First Prize in the International Alliance for Women in Music's 1998 Miriam Gideon Competition.



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