Karen Griebling/ SAMPLES FROM RECENT Vienna Modern Masters-CDs

Composer and violist Karen Griebling was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of composers Stephen and Mary Ann Griebling. At age four, she began studying composition with her mother, wrote her first pieces shortly after, and enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division. The family moved to England when she was six, and there she and her sister, composer and publisher Margaret Griebling-Haigh, sang with London's Kinderchoir.

After four years, the family returned to Akron, where Griebling again studied ar the Cleveland Institute and sang in the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus. She won her first national composition competitions at age twelve and attended Junior Conservatory Camp in Vermont. She began to consider music seriously as a career and studied viola, bassoon, voice, and piano. As a young composer and violist she won many local, regional, and national awards.

In 1986 she earned her DMA in composition and theory from The University of Texas at Austin, studying with Donald Grantham; she also holds an MM from the University of Houston where she studied with composers Michael Horvit and Carlisle Floyd and was violist with the Daniel Dror Graduate String Quarter. She received her BM from the Eastman School of Music in 1980, where she worked with composers Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner and Warren Benson and violist, Francis Tursi.

Chair of the Music Deparrment at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she lives with her husband, Robin Dauer, Dr. Griebling conducts the college's Chamber Orchestra, teaches theory, composition, viola, and world music. Violist with the acclaimed Cross Town Trio (saxophone, viola and piano), she is also a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Arkansas in 1987, she served as a violist with the Albany (NY) Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and Houston Ballet Orchestra. A composer member of Broadcast Music Inc., she receives numerous commissions and awards.

Yggdrasill was written as an encore for The Cross Town Trio's performance of the composer', nine-movement suite Petroglyph Dances at the 2005 International Viola Conference in Reykjavik Iceland. Constructed in the manner of a chorale prelude, the work uses two Icelandic melodies a: cantus firmi: I Had a Father, a folk fiddle tune and a hymn from the Icelandic Lutheran Church, Hou Marvelous God's Grtamm. Irs tide refers to the tree oflife, a prominent feature in Nordic mythology