The more constraints one imposes,
the more one frees one’s self.
— Igor Stravinsky
 
 

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.  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 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. The Smith College Chamber Singers performed her piece for women's a cappella chorus, "Hestia's Loom," while on tour in Budapest and Prague.  “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 American Romanian Team for the Arts competition, and it was performed in Romania by members of the Black Sea Philharmonic. 

 

Meg began her formal music education at the age of sixteen with a scholarship to the preparatory division of the Mannes College of Music.  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.  Meg received her Master's Degree in Music Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music, 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.

 

Meg has taught flute and piano at Westport Music Center, Connecticut,

has served on the Ridgefield Arts Council and is president of Connecticut Composers, Inc and a member of the Southern Connecticut Camerata.