Sara Shoham (b. 1977)
Israeli-born Sara Shoham graduated in composition, conducting and piano from the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University. She has composed for numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles for both radio and television. Sara Shoham won the Levin Kipnis Prize for Art Composition and the Public Council’s Prize in collaboration with the music department of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, and was awarded grants for creative writing by the Public Council for Arts and Culture, the Tel Aviv Arts and Culture Foundation, and the ‘Pais’ (Israel Lottery) Council for Arts and Culture. Her "…And they shall not learn war any more " (Isaiah 13:4), was awarded a prize by the Czech Ministry of Culture. In the prestigious Florilטge International Competition for Choral Music held in Tours, France, she was awarded a prize for her "Enfants! faites attention aux baobabs ! " (St.- Exupיry). Her work "Loquimini Veritatem ! " (Biblical verses), was awarded a prize in the Spoor International Choir Composition Contest (Belgium). She devotes most of her writing to works for leading choirs in Israel and abroad. During the year 2000 she spent a great deal of her time training Israeli and Palestinian teachers of music and drama as part of a special collaborative project through M.E.C.A (the Middle East Children’s Association). Sara Shoham is the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Composition for 2002. On May 2004 her Prayer (P. Sadeh) was awarded the prize of the Israely Philharmonic Choir. On July 2005 her work " Little Miss Fork and Little Miss Spoon " (Nurit Zarchi) was awarded the IBLA Foundation prize.