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Mara Gibson

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Mara Gibson


Mara Gibson (b. 1972, Charlottesville, Va.) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Gibson graduated from Bennington College and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She attended London College of Music; L’École des BeauxArts, Fontainebleau, France; and the International Music Institute at Darmstadt, Germany.

She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and most recently, the MacDowell Colony. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists perform her music consistently throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Gibson is a regular cross-disciplinary collaborator, having worked with choreographers, visual artists, writers, film makers and musicians.

She was the first annual commissioned composer for the Baroque on Beaver Orchestra led by Robert Nordling featuring her newest piece, Secret Sky, inspired by the bird migration patterns on Beaver Island, Michigan. Collaboration is integral to Mara’s process; whether through her music, collaborations or teaching, she hopes to achieve a relationship between the macro and micro.

Dr. Gibson taught as an associate teaching professor at the UMKC Conservatory for over ten years, where she was founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop and co-director/founder of ArtSounds, and from 2015 to 2017 she coordinated undergraduate composition and tripled undergraduate composition enrollment. She also contributes regularly to NewMusicBox. In 2017, she started as a visiting assistant professor at Louisiana State University.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 333.
  • Mara Gibson website Accessed 20 May 2020