Larsen [Reece], Libby [Elizabeth] (Brown)
- Mary Ann Feldman
(b Wilmington, DE, Dec 24, 1950). American composer. She studied at the University of Minnesota (BA 1971, MM 1975, PhD 1978), where her teachers included Argento, Paul Fetler and Eric Stokes. Determined to find a role for the composer outside academe, in 1973 she co-founded, with the composer Stephen Paulus, the Minnesota Composers Forum (known as the American Composers Forum since 1996). From the 1983–4 season to 1987 Larsen was composer-in-residence with the Minnesota Orchestra, for which she has composed several works, including Symphony no.1 (1985, later revised), subtitled ‘Water Music’, Ghosts of an Old Ceremony (1991) – a music theatre piece for orchestra, ten dancers and video – and the Piano Concerto (‘Since Armstrong’, 1991). Larsen has also been resident composer for the Charlotte (North Carolina) SO and the Colorado SO.
A strong advocate of issues such as music education and women in music, Larsen has been a visiting professor and guest lecturer at numerous institutions. She has served on the music panel of the NEA and the managing board of the ASOL, and has been vice-president of the AMC. Rising to prominence in America during the 1980s and 90s, she has received many awards, including the NEA fellowship and a ...