Margaret Collins Stoop - composer
Margaret Collins Stoop is an award winning composer whose works have been performed throughout Europe and the United States and include a commission by the “Door Eendracht Sterk” Fanfare Band of Hedel, The Netherlands, to commemorate the band’s one hundred year anniversary.  In 2007 her song for treble chorus, flute and piano, "maggie and milly and molly and may," was awarded first prize in the Berkshire Children's Chorus Composition Competition.
A recipient of the 2006 Masterworks Prize, "The Shepherd and the Night Sky" for soprano solo, mixed chorus, flute and piano was recorded by members of the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Choir Kyiv. In the spring of 2004, the Smith College Chamber Singers performed her piece for women's a cappella chorus, "Hestia's Loom," while on tour in Budapest and Prague. The text for this work was written by an Adesso member, Susan S. Fulljames. In 2002 “Prayer for Peace," for a cappella mixed chorus, was awarded the distinction of honors by the Waging Peace Through Singing Competition.  Meg's string quintet, “Before and After the End,” was a finalist in the 1998 American Romanian Team for the Arts competition, and it was performed in Romania by members of the Black Sea Philharmonic.

In March of  2011 Meg was guest conductor of the Fairfield  County Chorale as they performed her work, "Gnosis," for mixed chorus and vibraphone and marimba. In fifty years of wonderful concerts, Meg's "Gnosis" was the first work by a woman composer ever performed by the Fairfield County Chorale!
   
Meg began her formal music education at the age of sixteen with a scholarship to the preparatory division of the Mannes College of Music.  In 1989, she graduated from Smith College cum laude, with the special distinction of High Honors in Music for her thesis, On the Horizontal and Vertical in Selected Works by Schoenberg and Webern.  In 1990 and 1991 she resided in Hong Kong, where she studied Chinese flutes and folk music at the Yuet Wah Music School, and western flute privately with Timothy Wilson, of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  In 1998, Meg received her master's degree in music composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music of the City University of New York, where she studied under Thea Musgrave.

A lifelong chorister, Meg founded the Adesso Choral Society, a chamber chorus dedicated to presenting new works for women's chorus.  She directed the chorus for ten years, ending her time with them on June 8, 2014 with a Ten Year Anniversary Concert.

She teaches flute and piano at Westport Music Center. 
Meg has served on the Ridgefield Arts Council and is president of Connecticut Composers, Inc and is a member of the Southern Connecticut Camerata.





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