Iowa-born Marilyn Bliss
has written many widely performed orchestral, chamber, and solo works.
Educated at Coe College and the University of Pennsylvania, her teachers
include such distinguished composers as George Crumb, George Rochberg,
Jacob Druckman, Jerry Owen, and Harvey Sollberger. Her many awards
include a Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy/Institute of Arts
and Letters, an ASCAP Young Composers Award, Newly Published Flute
Music awards from the National Flute Association, fellowships from
Tanglewood, the Composers Conference, and the New York Foundation for
the Arts, and commissions from the Azure Ensemble, Haydn-Mozart Chamber
Orchestra, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Powell Quartet, the
flutists James Zellers, James Pellerite, and Nina Assimakopoulos, and
the National Flute Association. About her orchestral piece Huatzu Hill, the Boston Globe
said “…a series of rich landscapes – the colors sharp, the feelings
powerfully concentrated, the language eloquent, the expression precise.”
Records International Catalogue calls her piano work Fantasies “a virtuosic, highly varied work, fantastic and wide-ranging.” Her Rima
for piccolo and piano has been used as a standard contest piece for the
National Flute Association’s piccolo competition. Several of Ms.
Bliss’s recent scores have featured the Native American flute, both as a
solo instrument and in combination with other instruments. Ms. Bliss is
currently President of New York Women Composers. Her music has been
performed throughout the world; she has been a guest of the SS. Cyril
and Methodius Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria, and of the Fechin Institute
in Taos, New Mexico. Her works have also recently been performed in
Russia, Armenia, and Italy. Ms. Bliss is published by Marimba
Productions, Zalo/JP-Publications, and New Art Music Enterprises.
a catalogue of Ms. Bliss's works, audio samples of her works, and
information on her recorded works on CD, visit www.newyorkwomencomposers.org.