MacDowell seeds take shape

While in residence at the MacDowell Colony last August, I began two major projects that are coming to fruition this spring and summer.  Click on the links to learn more about these projects! Secret Sky: a hundred veils to fall, world premiere performance commissioned by Baroque on Beaver Music Festival, August 6, 2017, conducted by […]

Saying goodbye to 2016

Despite the MANY challenges of 2016, there have been a lot of creative opportunities for me, for which I am grateful. Blackbird premiered with the splendid Cascade Quartet, and then again with my dance and video collaborators Gary Abbott and Caitlin Horsmon, a culmination of the work I did at the Virginia Center for Creative […]

MacDowell

Conservatory’s Mara Gibson Named MacDowell Colony Fellow The Conservatory’s Community Academy director and composer Mara Gibson has been named as a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her residency at the prestigious colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire is August 1–22, 2016.  During that time Gibson expects to work on her ongoing orchestra project for the Baroque on Beaver festival orchestra directed by Robert Nordling and inspired by […]

The Blackbird Project

Join us for the premiere of the full collaborative iteration of The Blackbird Project for a program is inspired by making the ordinary extraordinary with music by Gibson, featuring collaborations between the Cascade String Quartet, several Conservatory musicians, including JoDee Davis, Trevor Thornton, Emily Trapp and, dancers with choreography by Gary Abbott, and video by Caitlin […]

Blackbird with Cascade Quartet

Thrilled to announce that Cascade Quartet will premiere my new string quartet January 31, 2016 in Great Falls, Montana as a part of their Living Female Composers Project.  The quartet will also visit Kansas City in March to premiere to full collaborative iteration of the Blackbird Project as a part of ArtSounds, featuring choreography by Gary […]

ArtIfacts release: May 22

Gibson’s music has been noted as boasting “attractive, believable, attention-holding verisimilitude” and ideal for listeners seeking “new works that experiment with alternative sounds and find an effective way to give those voices meaning.” Online blog reviews have proclaimed Flone “an absorbing work that exerts narrative logic and reflects both backward and forward” and “a most […]