Mary J. King is a composer of chamber, choral, symphonic, and electroacoustic music. She received the Doctorate in Music Composition from Northwestern University, where she studied with Jay Alan Yim and Augusta Read Thomas and is currently Research Affiliate in the Department of Music at University College Cork, National University of Ireland. She has served as Assistant Professor of Music at California Baptist University as well as Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, where she developed that institution’s first module in orchestration.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Hamburger Klangwerktage Composer Laureate Award, a National Association of Composers USA Young Composers Award, and the Ellen Zwilich Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music. She has secured international grants, commissions, and residencies ranging from Arts Council Ireland and The Israeli Women’s Composers and Performers Forum, to ArtsIceland’s Kol & Salt. Her music has been performed at venues in New York, Chicago, Paris, Florence, Hamburg, Ísafjör∂ur, and Tel Aviv and at a number of notable summer programs and festivals including June in Buffalo, Hamburger Klangwerktage, the Look & Listen Music and Art Festival (ISCM Series), Vox Feminae, and at the Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (UPIC/CCMIX). Her works have been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, Claire Chase, Patricia Spencer, Stacey Barelos, John Sampen, and the International Ensemble Modern Akademie.