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Loren Loiacono (b. 1989), a native of Stony Brook, New York, is currently pursuing her Doctorate in composition at Cornell University, where she is a student of Steven Stucky. She previously received her M.M. and B.A. from Yale University, where her teachers included Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Ezra Laderman, Christopher Theofanidis, Kathryn Alexander, and Michael Klingbeil. While studying at Yale, she was the recipient of the 2012 Woods Chandler Memorial Prize and the 2009 Abraham Beekman Cox Composition Prize. Her works have been performed by such ensembles as the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Symphony Orchestra, 5th House Ensemble, and the Argento Ensemble, and her music has been featured on NPR. Her piece, “Stalks, Hounds,” was selected for the 2013 Minnesota Orchestra Composers’ Institute, and was an alternate for the 2012 American Composer Orchestra’s Underwood Readings. She has been a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Conference of the East, and was the recipient of the 2010 Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival. She has also received awards from ASCAP’s Morton Gould Awards and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, among others.