Maria A. Niederberger

Maria Niederberger


Professor of Music

Office: Mathes Hall 326


Phone: 423-439-4270


Chair, Department of Music

Music Theory & Aural Skills



Winner of the 2006 Miriam Gideon Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music for her song cycle “Full Pockets,” Maria A. Niederberger is Professor of Theory and Composition at East Tennessee State University, USA.  In 2007, she was recognized for her compositions at East Tennessee State University as a “Notable Woman.”

Niederberger has fulfilled commissions for contemporary music ensembles like the Empyrean Ensemble (California), Ensemble Opus Novum (Switzerland), the Roosevelt Ensemble (Washington, D.C.), Ensemble Passages Européens and also the “Nationalprojekt” (Switzerland). Professional performers such as Juhani Palola of Finland, Patrizio Mazzola and Klaus Durrer of Switzerland, René Kubelík of Germany, Deborah Pitman, Eugene Jones, and Susan Narucki and the Commonwealth Clarinet Quartet of the USA have requested works from her and performed them with success.  Niederberger received a performance by the Luzerner Kantorei und  Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Switzerland in 2000.

Since fall 2013, Niederberger is serving as department chair at Tennessee State University. She earned music degrees from the University of California Davis and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Scholarships, fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts of Switzerland, the American Music Center, the Schindler Foundation, ETSU, and others have supported her. She has been resident artist at Dorland Mountain, Villa Montalvo, and in Boswil. Niederberger served two terms on the IAWM Board and chaired the Annual IAWM New Music Concerts for four years. 

Her publishers include MAGNON, CH; Musikverlag Müller&Schade AG, Bern-CH; Capstone, MMB Music, Inc; ERM Media (US); and Schweizer Musik Edition. 

For more information and a performance- and work-list, please visit her web page: