Associate Teaching Professor/Coordinator of Undergraduate Composition Recruitment
Mara Gibson (b. 1972) 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, MacDowell and Yale University. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists have performed her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Dr. Gibson teaches at the UMKC Conservatory as Associate Teaching Professor; she is founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop, and co-director/founder of ArtSounds, and coordinates undergraduate composition.