DETROIT — Sarah Kirkland Snider has been awarded the seventh annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Snider, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, will compose a new work that will be given its premiere in the 2015-16 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, she will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.
Snider was chosen by the following jury: Evan Chambers, local composer; Johanna Yarbrough, french horn; Joe Becker, principal percussion; Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon.
She holds a M.M. and Artist’s Diploma from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.