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Visiting Composer

Caroline ShawCaroline Shaw, Grammy-winning singer in Roomful of Teeth, violinist in ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), and the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music (2013) joins the Smith music department this spring for three special events.

Shaw's current projects include commissions for the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, and the Folger Library, as well as collaborations with Kanye West.

Selected Media Coverage

WQXR: "Caroline Shaw Lives Life Beautifully"

The Guardian: "Is Caroline Shaw really the future of music?"

The New York Times: "Caroline Shaw: 'Improvisation'"

NPR: "Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music"

The New York Times: "25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going"

Special Events

January 31, 2017

5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall

Shaw and Micaela Baranello, postdoctoral fellow in musicology, will offer a wide-ranging conversation about the creative process and life in music.

March 5, 2017

3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall

At this concert, Shaw will introduce her own vocal and instrumental pieces framed by music that inspired them by J. S. Bach, Chopin, and Paul Simon. Featured faculty and student performers include Joel Pitchon, violin, Sarah Briggs, violin, Jonathan Hirsh, viola, Volcy Pelletier, cello, Erin Pratt '17, Jasmine Caruk '17, piano, Sarah Arnold '19, cello, Michelle Eskin '18, Mia Lloyd '19, and the Smith College Choirs.

April 21, 2017

8 p.m. Sweeney Concert Hall

Shaw will join the Smith College Orchestra as soloist in Lo, her recent work for violin and orchestra, co-commissioned by the Princeton, North Carolina and Indianapolis symphony orchestras in support of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW Festival.