Stacy Garrop

From Wind Repertory Project
Stacy Garrop


Stacy Garrop (b. 1969) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Garrop earned degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (B.M.), University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University-Bloomington (D.M.). She served as artist faculty in composition at Roosevelt University for the 2016/17 academic year. She was also on the composition faculty of the annual Fresh Inc Festival, a two-week summer program sponsored by Fifth House Ensemble. In 2017 she became a full-time freelance composer.

Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. The sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity; we strive to share with others the experiences and concepts that we find compelling. Stacy shares stories by taking audiences on sonic journeys – some simple and beautiful, while others are complicated and dark – depending on the needs and dramatic shape of the story.

She has won numerous awards including a Fromm Music Foundation Grant, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, and three Barlow Endowment commissions, as well as competitions sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Boston Choral Ensemble, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

Dr. Garrop has been commissioned by numerous ensembles and organizations including the Albany Symphony, Capitol Saxophone Quartet, and Chanticleer.

As an educator, Dr. Garrop has created innovative programs to bring music to young people. For a residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, she helped middle school students compose a semi-staged music production about the explorer Henry Hudson. In collaboration with the Skeaneateles Festival, she designed a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students in which the students learned and created musical works using Hyperscore, a computer program that allows people to write music without having to read music. From 2012-2017, Stacy taught at Fresh Inc Festival, sponsored by Fifth House Ensemble and held in Kenosha, Wisc.

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