S.C. composer wins Guggenheim Award

University of South Carolina School of Music assistant professor Fang Man is the recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in the 88th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fang Man’s original concert music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles. Her work includes compositions for theatre and film, orchestra and band, chamber and electronics. “It is such an honor to be named one of the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows. This fellowship will support me to compose an opera based on a life story of a British-Chinese pianist. I’ve wanted to do this project for years and feel very grateful to the foundation for its generous support,” Fang said.

Chinese-born and currently residing in Irmo, Fang holds a doctorate in music composition from Cornell University and a computer music certificate from IRCAM-Paris. Nationally and internationally, she has been awarded numerous commissions, has been invited to new music festivals, and has served as resident composer. She previously held positions as a Composer-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Music at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University. Fang is a member of the ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the American Music Center.

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Via: University of South Carolina

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