Meredith Monk

Performing Arts, 2000

Meredith Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in order to discover new modes of perception. For nearly 50 years, the scope and breadth of her performances, installations and site-specific works have activated architectural spaces and engaged audiences in new ways. The voice lies at the root of all her creations, which include songs, film, opera, site-specific performance, music-theater, and installations. Her pioneering exploration of the voice as an instrument expands the boundaries of musical composition. She has alternately been proclaimed as a “voice of the future” and “one of America’s coolest composers.”

Awards and Accomplishments


Monk is named the Debs Composer Chair at Carnegie Hall for 2014-15 


Monk and five other Creative Capital Artists perform in BAM's Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn


2013: Monk is the recipient of the Founder's Award from New Music America


Monk is awarded the Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France


Monk is named Musical America's Composer of the Year


Monk is named a Doris Duke Artist as part of the inaugural class of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards


Monk is named one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices

2006: Monk receives USA Artists Fellowship

2005: Monk receives Bessie award for Sustained Creative Achievement