Mary Ellen Childs
Composer Mary Ellen Childs has been acclaimed for creating bold interdisciplinary works that integrate music, theater and movement in fresh and unexpected ways. Over the last thirty years she has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2011 United States Artist Fellowship, two Bush Foundation Fellowships, five McKnight Foundation Fellowships, six MN State Arts Board Artist Awards, and support from the NEA, American Composers Forum, Live Music for Dance NY/NJ and Creative Capital. She has been invited to residencies at Yaddo, Duffy Institute, Ucross (Alpert resident), the Djerassi Foundation and the Bellagio Center in Italy (2016). She has received commissions from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Kitchen, ETHEL, Kronos Quartet, Walker Art Center, Meet The Composer, Chamber Music America, and the Chicago Architectural Biennial, among others, and performances at the Bang On A Can Festival, Lincoln Center, New Music America-Miami, Other Minds Festival, and elsewhere around the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia, Russia and Cuba. She is also Program Director for the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers in Minneapolis, MN, a position she has held for the past 19 years.