The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced 180 fellowship awards for 2011, including two ACA composers: Louis Karchin, Professor in the GSAS Department of Music at New York University, and Marilyn Shrude, Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Musicology, Composition, and Theory, Bowling Green State University.
Guggenheim Fellows are “appointed on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise,” the foundation said in its announcement.
Louis Karchin (b. 1951), also the co-director of the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, has a portfolio of over 60 compositions, appeared as conductor with numerous performing ensembles, directed several concert series, and overseen the formation of a graduate program in Music Composition at New York University. His works have been performed world-wide, and have garnered distinguished honors, including two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Koussevitzky, Barlow, and Fromm commissions.
Most recently, he has completed a new work for the Network for New Music in Philadelphia, and a new opera based on Charlotte Brontë´s novel, Jane Eyre. Karchin´s music is recorded on New World, Albany and CRI labels, and his compositions are published by C. F. Peters Corporation and the American Composers Alliance.
Chicago-born composer Marilyn Shrude (b. 1946) received degrees from Alverno College and Northwestern University, where she studied with Alan Stout and M. William Karlins. Among her more prestigious honors are those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America/ASCAP, Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.
She was the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for Orchestral Music (1984) and the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music (1998). Since 1977 Shrude has been on the faculty of Bowling Green State University and continues to be active as a pianist and clinician with saxophonist John Sampen. In 2001 she was named a Distinguished Artist Professor of Music.
For a complete listing of all awards, see the Guggenheim Foundation website list of award recipients.