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The award-winning composer Margaret Brouwer has earned critical accolades for her music's lyricism, musical imagery and emotional power. Brouwer is continually in demand for new works, and recent commissions have come from Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and the American Composer's Orchestra. Performances of her works have been featured by St. Louis Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Tanglewood Music Festival and in venues including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Kennedy Center, Severance Hall and more. She is professor emeritus at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she served as head of the composition department from 1996 to 2008.
Recent performances include the premieres of Caution Ahead - Guard Rail Out, commissioned and performed by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Arild Remmereit conducting; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, commissioned and performed by the Dallas Symphony, Ellen Rose, solo violist; and Path at Sunrise, Masses of Flowers commissioned and performed by the Cleveland Women's Symphony. Brouwer's Blue Streak Ensemble, which she founded in the summer of 2011, has performed at Washington and Lee University and Hollins University in Virginia, in addition to a series of concerts in northern Ohio.
Brouwer is recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006), Guggenheim Fellowship (2004), and Ohio Council for the Arts Individual Fellowship (2005).