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Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, filmmaker, and director/choreographer. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Ms. Monk has created more than 60 music/theater/dance and film works since 1964. She has received numerous awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Brandeis Creative Arts Award, three Obies (including an award for Sustained Achievement), two Villager Awards, a Bessie for Sustained Creative Achievement, the 1986 National Music Theater Award, 16 ASCAP Awards for Musical Composition, and the 1992 Dance Magazine Award. She has been awarded honorary degrees of Doctor of Arts from Bard College and the University of the Arts, and was names a MacDowell Sigma Alpha Iota Fellow.

Her recordings of Dolmen Music (ECM New Series) and Our Lady of Late: The Vanguard Tapes (Wergo) were both honored with the German Critics Prize for Best Records of 1981 and 1986. Her film Ellis Island won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, was awarded prizes at the Atlanta and San Francisco Film Festivals, and was shown nationally on PBS. During a career that spans over 25 years, she has been a major creative force in the performing arts.

In 1968 Ms. Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. She formed Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble in 1978 to perform her unique vocal compositions. Ms. Monk has recorded 10 albums, most of which are with the ECM New Series; her latest releases include Atlas (1993), Facing North (1992), and Book of Days (1990). In recent years, a retrospective of her film/video work was presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Ringing Place was premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival; and a duet concert with pianist Nurit Tiles was performed at Town Hall. Ms. Monk's feature film Book of Days aired on PBS, appeared internationally at film festivals, was released theatrically, and was chosen for the 1991 Whitney Biennale. Her full-length opera, Atlas, commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, The Walker Art Center, and The American Music Theater Festival, premiered in 1991. Performances at the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts completed the 1991 Atlas domestic tour, which was followed by a European tour and the New York City premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May 1992. Other recent New York performances include the 1991 premiere at St. Mark's Church of Facing North, performed and developed in collaboration with Robert Een; a retrospective in 1991 at the World Financial Center titled Three Pivotal Works, and the revival of Education of the Girlchild at The Joyce Theater in 1993.