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Faculty - Beth Wiemann

Beth Wiemann was raised in Burlington, VT, studied composition and clarinet at Oberlin College and received her PhD in theory and composition from Princeton University. Her works have been performed in New York, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Washington DC, the Dartington Festival (UK), the “Spring in Havana 2000 Festival (Cuba), and elsewhere by the ensembles Continuum, Parnassus, Earplay, ALEA III, singers Paul Hillier, Susan Narucki, DíAnna Fortunato and others. Her compositions have won awards from the Opera Vista Chamber Opera Competition, the Orvis Foundation, Copland House, the Colorado New Music Festival, American Women Composers, and Marimolin as well as various arts councils. A founding member of Griffin Music Ensemble, a contemporary music group in Boston, she premiered many clarinet works and conducted composer-in-the-schools workshops in the Boston and Worcester public schools. In addition to clarinet instruction, her work at UMaine includes teaching Orchestration, Tonal Counterpoint, Twentieth Century Musical Techniques, Composition, and Graduate -level theory seminars. A CD of Wiemann’s music, Why Performers Wear Black, was released on Albany Records in 2004. Songs of hers appear currently on the Capstone, innova and Americus record labels. Wiemann’s personal website can be found at

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School of Performing Arts
5788 Class of 1944 Hall, Rm. 208
Orono, Maine 04469-5788
Phone: 207.581.4703 | Fax: 207.581.4701E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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