An explorer of sonic realms, Judith Shatin is equally known for her acoustic, electroacoustic, and digital music. Called “highly inventive on every level” by the Washington Post, her music has been commissioned by organizations including the Barlow Endowment, Fromm Foundation, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Wintergreen Performing Arts, and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Arts Partners Program.
She has been honored with four Composition Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and grants from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Her extensive catalog ranges from chamber to orchestra, from songs to choral compositions, from acoustic to electro acoustic to digital and multimedia. An album of her orchestral music, PIPING THE EARTH, is available on Ravello Records, while two portrait CD’s were released by Innova. More than 30 albums feature her music.
Themes range from the challenges of climate change (Ice Becomes Water and Terra Infirma), to music of the spirit (Rising on the Wings of Dawn, Ruah) to comfort (Adonai Ro’I, her setting of Psalm 23 and Sister Thou Wast Mild and Lovely).
Shatin is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia, where she founded and directed Virginia Center for Computer Music and developed courses in multiple areas, including songwriting, choral composition, and computer music.