Composer Mara Gibson is originally from Charlottesville, VA, graduated from Bennington College, and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, ArtsKC, Meet the Composer, the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, the John Hendrick Memorial Commission, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the MacDowell Colony and Yale University. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists perform her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, and Europe.
Dr. Gibson has taught at the UMKC Conservatory as Associate Professor where she was the founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop and co-director/founder of ArtSounds. Starting fall 2017, she joined the faculty of Louisiana State University where she is currently Associate Professor of Composition and Area Head with tenure. Mara released her first compilation CD ArtIfacts May 2015, with her second CD Skyborn released in November 2017 close behind through PARMA Recordings. Her third CD project released in the summer of 2020 features Secret Sky performed by the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recently, she completed her bassoon concerto, Escher Keys, funded through a Louisiana Board of Regents (ATLAS grant). Check out her upcoming projects and performances on her personal website.