Educated at Douglass College (AB, Phi Beta Kappa), The Juilliard School (MM, Abraham Ellstein Prize) and Princeton University (PhD), Judith Shatin undertook additional studies, including two summers as a Crofts Composition Fellow at Tanglewood, as well as studies at the Aspen Music Festival. She is currently William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded and directs the Virginia Center for Computer Music.
Judith Shatin (www.judithshatin.com) is a composer and sound artist whose musical practice engages our social, cultural, and physical environments. She draws on expanded instrumental palettes and a cornucopia of the sounding world, from machines in a deep coal mine, to the calls of animals, the shuttle of a wooden loom, a lawnmower racing up a lawn. She crosses genres routinely, making music that combines sounds as divergent as phase-vocoded sampling of potato chips being chomped to the pure sounds of a children’s chorus.Timbral exploration as well as collaboration with musicians, artists and communities are central to her musical life. Her music reflects her multiple fascinations with literature and visual arts, with the sounding world, both natural and built; and with the social and communicative power of music.