Margaret Brouwer is head of the Composition Department and director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her B.M. from Oberlin College-Conservatory, her M.M. from Michigan State University, and her D.M.A.from Indiana University. Her teachers have included Donald Erb, Harvey Sollberger and Frederick Fox; she studied with George Crumb at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. She is NEA Composer-in-Residence with the Roanoke Symphony. She has been commissioned and/or performed by the Saint Louis, Juilliard, and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, the Poznan (Poland) and Bay Area Women's Philharmonics, Dale Warland Singers, 20th Century Consort, Chestnut Brass Company, Christine Schadeberg, and Kathleen Supove, among others. Honors include residences at the Rockefeller Foundations' Bellagio Center (1994), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (1990), Charles Ives Center for American Music (1985); Grants from Meet the Composer (1995, 1993, 1990), the Virginia Commission for the Arts (1990), the Indiana Arts Commission (1987), Indiana University Grant-In-Aid-of-Research (1987). Brouwer received the Virginia Council of Higher Education's Outstanding Faculty in Virginia Award for 1994 and an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for dedicated and inspired teaching (1989). Her compositions have received awards from the International Women's Brass Conference (1993), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (1991), Lee Ettleson Award (1987), Carmichael Competition (1987), and the Indiana University Composition Competition (1986). She was the founder and director of Sonklect, the annual new music festival at Washington and Lee University, where she served as Composer-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Music. Her music is recorded on the Crystal, Centaur, and Opus One labels, and is published by Norruth/MMB Music, Inc. She was appointed to CIM faculty in 1996.