Discipline: Music Composition

Ingrid Arauco

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Wilmington, DE
MacDowell Fellowships: 1987, 2016, 2018, 2024

Ingrid Arauco’s music “opens virtuosity to an inspection that reveals wit, passion, and deep aspiration” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Her principal teachers were Robert Hall Lewis at Goucher College, and George Crumb, George Rochberg, Richard Wernick, and C. Jane Wilkinson at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is currently professor of music at Haverford College.

She has received awards or fellowships from the American Guild of Organists, Yaddo, and MacDowell, and commissions from Mélomanie, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Kindler Foundation in the Library of Congress.

Her music has recently been performed by the Jasper String Quartet, the wind sextet Bandwidth, the Lang-Rainwater Project, and the saxophone-piano duo of Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Jiayan Sun. Arauco’s Fantasy-Prelude and Variations was recently featured at the biennial convention of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and her Sextet was released by Neuma Records. Other performers include the Colorado Quartet, Network for New Music, Third Sound, and the Atlanta Symphony, among other distinguished musical organizations, and featured at Oundle International Organ Week, Festival “Compositores de Hoje” in Rio de Janeiro, and the Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana, to which Arauco travelled as part of an artist delegation sponsored by the American Composers Forum.

Arauco’s music is featured on three solo albums, Invocation, Vistas, and Resonances (Albany), and on the Innova, Capstone, and Meyer Media labels. Individual works are featured in Excursions, Florescence, Millennium Crossings, and New Music for Oboe.

While at MacDowell in 2016, Arauco completed two movements of String Quartet #3 for the Amernet String Quartet, to be performed in Miami and Philadelphia. She would continue work on this piece as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome the following spring. In 2018, she completed a brass quintet for The Brass Project, to be premiered in Philadelphia. She also composed a work for guitar.

During her 2024 residency, she worked on a composition for the chamber ensemble Third Sound to be performed in New York and Philadelphia during the 2025-26 season.

Studios

Barnard

Ingrid Arauco worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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