Melinda Wagner

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Melinda Wagner (born 1957 in Philadelphia) is a US composer, and winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in music. Her undergraduate degree is from Hamilton College. She also served as Composer-in-Residence at the University of Texas (Austin) and at the ‘Bravo!’ Vail Valley Music Festival.

A resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Wagner won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion.[1] Other works have been performed by a number of orchestras, including the New York New Music Ensemble, the Network for New Music, Orchestra 2001, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and many other leading organizations.

She has received many honourable mentions, including a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and three ASCAP Young Composer awards. Beforehand, she also received an honorary degree from Hamilton College.

Some of her famous pieces include the Trombone Concerto, Falling Angels (1992) and Extremity of Sky (2002).



  1. ^ Staff. "An unusual trio summons its own music", The Star-Ledger, March 26, 2009. Accessed November 4, 2012. "Wagner, of Ridgewood, won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999 for her Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion" commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.

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