Caroline Shaw – Composer in Residence (2015 through 2016)

One of today’s essential artistic voices, Caroline Shaw, was Music on Main’s second Composer In Residence from 2015 through 2016.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning composer calls herself “a musician who writes music.”  Trained primarily as a violinist from an early age in North Carolina, Caroline is also a Grammy-winning singer in Roomful of Teeth and in 2013 became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices (also nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Composition).

Throughout her time with Music on Main, Caroline visited Vancouver to share insight, ideas, and her award-winning, stunningly beautiful music with audiences.  It was an opportunity for Vancouver audiences to get to know Caroline, her music, and her ideas as she hosted public salons, performed in concerts, and created new music.


Listen to Caroline’s interview with Nadia Sirota on WQXR’s Q2 Music Meet the Composer podcast. Then read a recent profile of Caroline on Pitchfork.


2014/15 Appearances

Music for the Winter Solstice

Friday, December 12, 2014
Heritage Hall

Composer Salon with Caroline Shaw
Friday, May 1, 2015


2015/16 Appearances

Modulus Festival
November 15-20, 2015

Music for the Winter Solstice

Friday, December 11, 2015
Heritage Hall

Roomful of Teeth
Monday, January 25, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Fox Cabaret
presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

One Night Stand: Caroline Shaw
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Fox Cabaret



related info:

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw in the New York Times’ list of “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music is Going” (2016)

Caroline Shaw interviewed by CBC Music (2016)

Caroline Shaw in Italian Vogue

Caroline Shaw wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Live Performance: Roomful of Teeth sings Partita at Music on Main (video)

Live Performance: Caroline Shaw and the Calder Quartet at the 2013 Modulus Festival (video)

In performance – New York Times