Awards & Prizes

Awards as Composer

2005 Artist Fellowship in Music Composition -- Bush Foundation
Awarded to artists who demonstrate “strong vision, creative energy and perseverance”.

2005-2006 Wind Ensemble Commission
Biennial competitive commission awarded by the Helen and Sam Kaplan Charitable Foundation to compose a piece for college wind ensemble on Jewish themes.

2003 Aaron Copland Award
Residency at Copland House (spring 2004) and commission
From the Folk (wind quartet)
STILLNESS -- Poem for Orchestra

2003 San Antonio International Piano Competition -- Commissioned Composer
WIZARDS -- Three Magic Masters

2003 Commissioned Composer -- Music Teachers Association of California
In My Lunchbox (six-movement suite)

2002 Millsaps College -- Featured Composer
National symposium on women composers and commission Jackson, Mississippi
Virgie Rainey -- Two Narratives for Soprano, Mezzo and Piano

2001 Honored Composer -- Van Cliburn International Competition 'American Composers Invitational' (Fort Worth, Texas)
Impronta digitale selected and performed by both gold medalists.

1995 International Alliance for Women in Music - Recording Award -
Neon Rhythm (First Prize)

1995 John Castellini Award - Silver Anniversary
Awarded to distinguished music alumni of Queens College, CUNY

1995 McCollin International Composers Competition
Symphony No. 1 (First Prize)

Commissioned Composer -- 1993 Artists International Prize Commission
Lisa Kozenko commissions and premieres DOUBLES at Carnegie Hall

Friends and Enemies of New Music Competition (national) (1990)
Dance/Inner Dance (First Prize)

National League of American Pen Women Fellowship (1988)
Biennial Competitive Award: Parable : A Tale of Abram and Isaac

Commissioned Composer -- 1988 Artists International Prize Commission
Vox Nova Wind Quintet commissions and premieres When Angels Speak at Carnegie Hall

Mayor's Award for Creativity (1987)
The City of Baltimore: Hidden Heritage -- A Dance Symphony

Paul Revere Prize (1987)
Music Publishers Association: The Chase

Conductors' Guild Guest Composer (1986)
Conductor and Composer Institute: Sky Curtains “Borealis”

Creative Fellowship in Music (1986)
Maryland State Arts Council Biennial Competition

National Competition for Chamber Orchestra (1986)
In honor of the Statue of Liberty Centennial
Chroma (First Prize)

Teacher of the Year (1985)
Peabody Conservatory of Music

Georgia State University Centennial Competition (national) (1985)
Sky Curtains (First Prize)

Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1983/4)
For Music Composition

National Endowment for the Arts (1982)
Consortium Commission: Lamentation

Los Alamos International Chamber Music Competition (1978)
Songs of Innocence (Wind/String Prize)

ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (every year 1977 - present)
Standard Award

MacDowell Fellowships (1971 and 1976)
For Composer residency at the Colony

Delius Competition Prizes (1971 and 1974)
Grand Tarantella
Snazzy Sonata


Pittsburgh Flute Club Competition Prize (1972)
Capriccio

Debussy Fellowship for Study Abroad (1971/2)
Alliance Française de New York

Gottschalk Centenary Composition Gold Medal (international) (1969)
Man's Image and His Cry (First Prize)

Anton Seidl Fellowship (1967/8)
For Composition Study at Columbia University

Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellowship (1966/7)
For Graduate Study in Composition

BMI Young Composer Award (1966)
Four Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano

Karol Rathaus Memorial Association Prize (1966)
Alter Machlis Awards (1965 and 1966)
Queens College, CUNY

National Federation of Music Clubs (10 Prizes, 1962-1970)

Composer Residencies

  • November 2010 University of Southern Mississippi “Intégrales Festival”
    Composer in Residence -- concert, recitals, masterclasses, lecture,
    state premiere of Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveller’

  • April 2010 Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania
    Composer in Residence -- concert, masterclasses, lectures,
    state premiere of Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveller’

  • December 2009 Indiana State University
    Composer in Residence -- concert, masterclasses, video interviews,
    state premiere of Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveller’

  • October 2009 Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University)
    Featured Composer in Residence -- concert, masterclasses, interviews,
    world premiere of Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveller’

  • March 23-26, 2009 Central Composer/Composer in Residence:

       2009 WOMEN in MUSIC Festival at the Eastman School of Music

    Lectures, masterclasses, open rehearsals, radio, community intersections, a full concert of Zaimont‘s music plus other performances, including two world premieres.

  • March 10-13, 2009 Featured Composer:
    biennial ATHENA FESTIVAL, Murray State University, Kentucky
    Lecture, masterclasses, full concert of Zaimont compositions. Seminar on her style, and delivery of the Festival “Keynote Address”.

  • 2005 St. Louis Festival of Women in the Arts
    Featured Composer -- masterclasses, lecture, recitals

  • 2005 University of Wyoming - Laramie
    Guest Composer -- masterclass and lecture; state premiere of STILLNESS

  • 2005 International New Music Festival (Florida State University)
    Featured Composer -- Performance of GROWLER (wind ensemble)

  • 2004 Minneapolis Music Teacher Association
    Guest Lecturer -- new music for wind ensemble (City Rain)

  • 2003 Minnesota ‘Classical Listening List’ competition
    Keynote Address -- Augsburg College; project sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio

  • 2003 California Music Teachers Association
    Commissioned Composer -- Lecture on In My Lunchbox: 4 individual premieres

  • 2003 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Symposium
    Featured Composer -- premiere of TATTOO (wind ensemble)

  • Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) (November 2002)
    Featured Composer, national symposium -- lectures, symposia, premiere

  • National Federation of Music Clubs Composer of the Year (Summer 2002)
    Featured Composer at annual convention -- lectures, symposia, performances

  • Brooklyn College/Conservatory (March 2002)
    Composer Masterclass

  • Manhattan School of Music (April 2001)
    Composer Masterclass

  • University of California - Los Angeles (May 1999)
    Composer Masterclass

  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls (April 1999)
    Composer of the Year / Commissioned Composer -- lecture, masterclasses, premiere of PARALLEL PLAY

  • Skidmore College (1996-97)
    Filene Artist in Residence -- Lectures, masterclasses, four independent residences, premiere of MEDITATIONS

  • Fairfield University (1996)
    Composer in Residence -- Lectures, premiere of VOICES

  • University of Georgia (Athens) (1995)
    Featured Composer

  • Georgia State University (1995)
    Featured Composer / Scholar in Residence

  • Agnes Scott College (1995)
    Featured Composer / Scholar in Residence (also delivered Phi Beta Kappa inaugural address)

  • Clayton State University (1995)
    Featured Composer / Scholar in Residence

  • Society of Composers International (SCI) (1995)
    Principal Composer -- National Conference Performance of DOUBLES and PARABLE

  • University of Alabama (Huntsville) (1994)
    Composer of the Year -- Three independent residencies, lectures, masterclasses
    Commission and premiere of ZONES -- Piano Trio No. 2


  • University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) (1994)
    Lectures, premiere of Symphony No. 1

  • University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire) (1994)
    Principal Composer -- Contemporary Music Symposium Performances, masterclass

  • 1993 Sigma Alpha Iota national convention
    Keynote Speaker, Premiere of Même

  • Oberlin College (1992)
    Visiting Composer

  • Dayton University (1991)
    Principal Composer -- New Music Week

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1991)
    Principal Composer -- Women in Music Symposium Performances; premiere of VESSELS

  • Manhattan School of Music, NY (1990)

Awards as Author

“Embracing New Music”  (American Music Teacher, Sept. 2008)
2009 Article of the Year award by MTNA
-- April 1, 2009 -- MTNA National Convention, Atlanta, Georgia

The Musical Woman : An International Perspective
Vol I: 406 pps. (1994) , Vol. II: 557 pps, (1987), Vol III: 816 pps. (1991)
Published by Greenwood Press
Pauline Alderman First Prize (1993) -- For contents and editing;
International musicology award from International Alliance for Women in Music "for broad scholarship at its best."
The Musical Woman, Volume III

National Endowment for the Humanities (1989)
For development of Interpretive Research
The Musical Woman, Volume III

About the Series
As Creator and Editor-in-Chief of The Musical Woman, Zaimont designed this critically acclaimed series as a unique publication devoted to continuing comprehensive coverage of women's contributions to music world-wide. For her work on "Women in Music," Zaimont also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the International Congress on Women in Music at its Tenth Anniversary International Convocation (1990).


Critical comment on The Musical Woman series
"Highly recommended...serious, lively work" -- Library Journal

"Informative, and well-nigh all-inclusive." -- Musical America

"A useful and valuable compilation. Many of the articles present the results of new and groundbreaking research." -- College Music Society Report

"Its overall quality is impressive, and its significance for both women's studies and American music is indisputable." -- American Music

"This book should be required reading for anyone who is interested in the status of women in the music field. Every essay is a gem." -- American Music Teacher

"The most comprehensive and substantial compendium[s] on the subject of women in music. A must read." -- Fontes Artis Musicae


top of page