Marilyn J Ziffrin
1926 - 2018
Marilyn Jane Ziffrin was an American composer and music educator. Ziffrin was born in Moline, Illinois, to parents Betty S. and Harry B. Ziffrin, (both children of Russian immigrants who emigrated from Belogorodka, Ukraine. Ziffrin, a graduate of Moline, IL public schools, where her father owned a liquor distributorship, began studying piano at age four with Louise Cervin who had studied with Theodor Leschetizky. Ziffrin also studied clarinet and saxophone and soon began composing with a piano piece called "Ode to a Lost Pencil."
Ziffrin graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1948, and received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1949. From 1967 to 1982 she worked as an associate professor at New England College, and she taught private composition lessons at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire.
Ziffrin was a member of the National Association of Composers and Conductors. She received awards, including ASCAP Awards and Honorable Mention in the Music Teachers National Association Shepherd Competition in 1998. She was named New Hampshire Music Teachers Association Composer of the year in 1997, and has received six residencies at the MacDowell Colony.
Ziffrin’s compositions included works for solo instruments, chamber music, choral works, works for orchestra and band.
Biography taken from Wikipedia.