Joan Tower - 9
Joan Tower is one of the most well-known American composers either living or dead and is also one of the most successful female composers ever. In addition to writing music, she is an accomplished pianist. Joan was born in 1938 in New York; when she was a child her family moved to South America. She returned to the states many years later to go to college and continue her music career. Listen to the following examples:
Silver Ladders(Grawemeyer Award For Music Winner)
Piano Concerto - you will love this!