Composer Mara Gibson is originally from Charlottesville, VA, graduated from Bennington College, and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, ArtsKC, Meet the Composer, the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, and the John Hendrick Memorial Commission, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the MacDowell Colony and Yale University. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists perform her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, and Europe. Dr. Gibson has taught at the UMKC Conservatory as Associate Professor where she was the founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop and co-director/founder of ArtSounds. In 2017-18, she accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Louisiana State University. In the fall of 2018, she continues at LSU as Associate Professor of Composition. Mara released her first compilation CD ArtIfacts May 2015, with her second CD Skyborn released in November 2017 close behind through PARMA Recordings. Her third CD project is due to release summer 2020 featuring Secret Sky performed by the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, she is composing a bassoon concerto funded through a Louisiana Board of Regents (ATLAS grant).