Maxine Warshauer, Meira

A prolific composer based in Columbia, S.C. A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon Goodwin. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP as well as the America Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is the first recipient of the Art and Cultural Achievement Award from the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina in 2000. Ms. Warshauer has composed numerous works for Jewish liturgy and on Jewish themes. Meira Warshauer s  We Are Dreamers , for SATB chorus, clarinet, percussion and piano, was commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the state of Israel. The text is Psalm 126, whose theme is the return of exiles to Zion. This psalm, sung after festive meals on Sabbath and holidays, has sustained generations of Jews in exile. The work was commissioned by a consortium of Jewish choral ensembles led by Zamir Chorale of Boston, along with the Rottenberg Chorale of New York; Gratz College Choir of Pennsylvania; Zemer Chai of Washington, DC; and Kol Dodi of New Jersey. The melodies, from Yemen, Morocco, and Greece/Salonika were found at the National Sound Archives of the Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem, Israel. Ms. Warshauer s compositions have been performed and recorded to critical acclaim throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Warshauer is an Associate Music Faculty member at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina. Her CDs include the soundtrack to the documentary  Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina and “Spirals of Light”, chamber music and poetry (by Ani Tuzman) on themes of enlightenment, on the Kol Meira label and “Revelation” for orchestra, included on the MMC CD  Robert Black Conducts . Her music is published by Oxford University Press, MMB Music and Transcontinental. Meira Warshauer s “Yishakeyni (Sweeter than Wine) for soprano, flute and piano was performed across the U.S. by the Jerusalem Lyric Trio during the month of November, 2004. “Yishakeyni” was honored with 1st Place in the 2004 Miriam Gideon Prize from the International Association for Women in Music. Her latest Bracha Newsletter is online at Publishers include: Oxford University Press (, Mmb (, Transcontinental ( composer’s page is available listing her compositions and offering press comments. She has two CDs of her music. She gives her contact information as: (803)787-4332 and