Joan Tower b. 1938
- born in 1938, New Rochelle, NY.
- spent her childhood in South America
- studied at Bennington College, Vermont (1958-61); Columbia University (MA - 1967, DMA - 1978).
- In 1969, founded Da Capo Chamber Players; won Naumburg Award for Chamber music in 1973.
- Taught at Bard College in Annadale0on-Hudson starting in 1972.
- Was Composer-in-Residence of the St. Louis Symphony from 1985 to 1987.
- Received numberous fellowships including a Guggenheim (1976), a Koussevitsky Foundation grant (1982), several NEH fellowships, and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award (1990).
writes for chamber and orchestra