Described as “movingly lyrical” (Avant Music News) and “quirky but attractive” (The Art Music Lounge), the music of Cara Haxo (b. 1991) juxtaposes delicate, sparkly textures with the gritty and the grotesque. As the winner of the 2022 National Women’s Music Festival Emerging Women Composers Competition, Haxo was commissioned by Women in the Arts, National Women’s Music Festival. The resulting work, Remember for mezzo-soprano soloist, unison choir, and orchestra on a text by Joy Harjo, was premiered at the 2022 National Women’s Music Festival in Middleton, Wisconsin. Haxo was also awarded the 2019 International Alliance for Women in Music Libby Larsen Prize, the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award, and the 2013 IAWM Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize, and second prize in the 2012 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Student/Collegiate Composers Contest. She has received additional commissions from the May Festival Youth Chorus, Hub New Music, Quince Ensemble, and Splinter Reeds, amongst other ensembles. Recordings of her music have been released by New Focus Recordings, and her arts song are published in the NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music.
A native of Massachusetts, Haxo earned her Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Oregon, where she worked as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in Music Theory. She also holds degrees from Butler University and The College of Wooster. Her teachers have included Robert Kyr, David Crumb, Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, Peter Mowrey, and Jack Gallagher. She previously taught private piano, theory, and composition lessons through the Butler Community Arts School in Indianapolis, and courses in composition and theory as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Notre Dame College (Ohio).
Haxo is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Music at The College of Wooster and an Academic Dean and faculty member for The Walden School Young Musicians Program in New Hampshire. When she is not composing, Haxo enjoys baking muffins, going on long road trips, and hanging out with her cat, Pippin.