Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab today announced that Suzanne Farrin, Frayda B. Lindemann Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Music, has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for scholarship and creativity in the arts, for her achievements and exceptional promise in music composition.
Farrin is among 168 members of the 95th class of Guggenheim Fellows, announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
“It is a privilege to receive the generous Guggenheim Fellowship, which will provide me with the support and time necessary to devote to my work as a composer, creating new momentum for the next phase of my creative life,” said Farrin. “This type of support enables access to new resources, not only from the organization, but from within your own self, making the next big leap in your career possible. I’m eager to return to the desk and see where this can take me as a composer.”
Professor Farrin teaches composition at Hunter and The CUNY Graduate Center. As a composer, she explores the interior worlds of instruments and the visceral potentialities of sound. Her music has been performed by some of the great musicians of today on stages across Europe and North and South America. She was also the 2017 Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize winner in Composition.