Garwood, (Miriam) Margaret
- Andrew Stiller
(b Haddonfield, nj, March 22, 1927). American composer. She studied the piano privately and taught it at the Philadelphia Musical Academy from 1953. She was married to the composer Romeo Cascarino, from whom she learnt orchestration, and began composing about 1962. Her first opera was commissioned by a suburban Philadelphia ensemble in 1965. The modest success of The Trojan Women spurred further commissions and Garwood gradually became known as an opera composer.
At this stage she studied composition formally with Miriam Gideon, taking the master’s degree at the Philadelphia Musical Academy in 1975; by then she had produced two operas and begun work on a third. Garwood was appointed to the piano faculty of Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pennsylvania) in 1978, and there wrote Rappaccini’s Daughter, her best-known composition, completing it in 1983 after nearly a decade of work. In 1984 she left Muhlenberg College to devote all her time to composition....