MECCA board member receives International Composition Award04.24.2006
Dr. Maria A. Niederberger, a member of the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy board of directors and associate professor of music theory and composition at East Tennessee State University, has won the 2006 Miriam Gideon Award in musical composition for her song cycle, "Full Pockets," a work she composed for flute, harp and soprano.
Dr. Niderberger's composition set to music poems depicting nature, which were written by Jane Kenyon, Pabolo Neruda and Dr. Niederberger herself. One of the songs, "Dreaming by the Ocean," was premiered by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 16, 2006, in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The Miriam Gideon Award, named in honor of Miriam Gideon (1905-1996), one of the earliest known American female composers, is awarded annually and is an international competition open to all female composers. This year 90 women from around the world participated in the event. The judging is a "blind" process, in which the composers' names are not known until the winning composition is selected.
The Gideon Award carries a monetary prize and is administered by the International Alliance of Women in Music. Dr. Niederberger has been active in this organization since its inception and has chaired the group's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on two occasions.