Beth Wiemann was raised in Burlington, VT, studied composition and clarinet at Oberlin College and received her PhD in composition from Princeton University. Her works have been performed nationally and internationally by the ensembles Continuum, Transient Canvas, Earplay, ALEA III, and others. Her compositions have won awards from the Orvis Foundation, Copland House, the Colorado New Music Festival, New York Treble Singers, and regional arts councils. She teaches clarinet, composition and theory at the University of Maine. A CD of Wiemann's music, Why Performers Wear Black, was released on Albany Records in 2004, and works of hers also appear on the Raviello, Capstone, innova and Americus record labels. Her music is available from American Composers Alliance in New York.