Associate Professor of Music Composition
Julia Wolfe is an internationally celebrated composer. She is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Her Pulitzer-winning concert-length oratorio Anthracite Fields, for chorus and instruments, draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, and more to honor the people who persevered and endured in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region. Other recent projects include her evening-length Steel Hammer for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and singers, and riSE and fLY, a body concerto commissioned by the BBC which features rapid-fire body slaps and street percussion. The New York Philharmonic recently announced her new evening-length commission for orchestra and women’s chorus that will premiere in the fall of 2018, continuing her interest in American labor history with the subject of women in New York’s garment industry at the turn of the century.
Wolfe is a founder/co-artistic director of the international music collective Bang on a Can. She received her B.A from the Residential College at the University of Michigan, her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her music is published by Red Poppy Music (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.
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