Larsen [Reece], Libby [Elizabeth] (Brown)
- Mary Ann Feldman
- , revised by Laura Greenwald Strom
(b Wilmington, DE, Dec 24, 1950). American composer. Larsen is one of America’s most-performed living composers, with a catalog of more than 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and more than 15 operas. She has served on the NEA (music panel), the ASOL (Board of Directors), Meet the Composer (Advisory Board), and the ASCAP Board of Review. Her awards include an NEA fellowship, a 1994 Grammy award for production of The Art of Arleen Augér, (including Larsen’s song cycle Sonnets from the Portuguese ); the Harissios Papamarkou Chair (Library of Congress, 2003), and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Growing up the middle of five sisters, Larsen attended Catholic elementary school where she sang in the Gregorian chant choir and created songs for her classmates. Her home was filled with the sounds of Broadway musicals as well as stride and boogie woogie piano. While in high school, she sang in and arranged music for the a cappella choir and sang in a rock band. She studied at the University of Minnesota (BA ...