Marilyn Shrude

Marilyn Shrude (born July 6, 1946) is an American composer of contemporary classical music and pianist,[1] and Distinguished Artist Professor of composition at Bowling Green State University, since 1977.[2][3]


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Shrude graduated from Alverno College and Northwestern University. Her composition instructors include Alan Stout and M. William Karlins.[4]

She is the founder and former director of the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music and co-directs the Annual New Music & Art Festival. She served as visiting professor of music at Indiana University (Bloomington) in the fall of 1998, Heidelberg College (spring 2001), and Oberlin College (spring 2004), and has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp (1990–1997).

Her scores are published by American Composers Alliance,[5] Éditions Henry Lemoine (Paris), Neue Musik Verlag Berlin, Southern Music, and Thomas House. Her music has been recorded by the New World, Albany, EROL, Liscio, FoxGlove, MMC, Capstone, Orion, Centaur, Neuma, Access, and Ohio Brassworks labels.

Her husband is the classical saxophonist John Sampen, and her daughter the classical/contemporary violinist Maria Sampen, both of whom have performed many of her works.


She is the winner of a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award (third place, 1984) and a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award.[6] She won a 1998 Cleveland Arts Prize for Music.[7] She is also a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.[8]


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  3. ^ Grove Music Online; retrieved 1 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Marilyn Shrude at Pytheas ~ Contemporary, Modern, New, Non-Pop Art Music Composers, Ensembles & Resources". Retrieved Jul 11, 2021.
  5. ^ "Marilyn Shrude". American Composers Alliance. Retrieved Jul 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "Marilyn Shrude". Bowling Green State University. Retrieved Jul 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "Marilyn Shrude". Retrieved Jul 11, 2021.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2011-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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