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Judith Shatin


Judith Shatin is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Music and Director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia. Her teaching focuses on composition, computer music, and related topics; she is also the founder and Director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music.

Ms. Shatin studied both piano and flute during her school years. She received a liberal arts degree at Douglas University, and later returned to music by earning a Masters from Julliard and a PhD from Princeton in 1979.

While also composing for traditional instruments, the music of Judith Shatin mixes electronics, or electronic playback and acoustics, live electronics, or combinations of acoustic instruments and electronic playback. She has utilized computer-generated sound, and she has worked with MIDI systems, direct digital synthesis, as well as natural-world sounds. That does not however limit her range, which also extends from chamber to choral music.

In addition to her academic responsibilities, Ms. Shatin has served on the advisory board of the International Alliance for Women in Music and the Board of Directors of the American Composer's Alliance. She has received commissions for her music from the Manhattan School of Music, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as for the National Symphony. Among other accolades, her music has received two NEA Composer Fellowships and an award from the American Music Center.
Judith Shatin