Kala Pierson

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Kala Pierson


Kala Pierson (b. 1977) is an American composer and sound artist.

Ms. Pierson studied composition at Eastman School of Music.

She's held season-long composer residencies with American Opera Projects, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and San Francisco Choral Artists. In the 2016-17 season, she was the featured guest composer of Truman State University's New Horizons Festival; a resident at Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Britten-Pears Foundation; and a Big Sky Choral Initiative Composer Fellow with The Crossing.

Ms. Pierson's music has been performed in more than 30 countries on six continents, widely awarded and commissioned, and published by Universal Edition. She has initiated many international projects and appeared as a guest composer or lecturer at schools in four countries. She represented the U.S. in the Swedish government's 2015 KIM grant exchange, meeting with leading Swedish musicians and working as a composer in residence at the VICC / ISCM Gotland Section.

Her awards include those from the Mauricio Kagel International Composition Competition; New Music USA; American Composers Forum; Meet the Composer; ASCAP; and the Austrian, German, Serbian, and Swedish ministries of culture.

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