Pulitzer Prize winner returns home to Greenville - WNCT

Pulitzer Prize winner returns home to Greenville

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

In April, Greenville native, Caroline Shaw, joined the ranks of musical greats like Aaron Copeland and Wynton Marsalis, as a Pulitzer Prize winner.

"Whenever I hear someone attach the world Pulitzer to my name it's really shocking, but I'm just happy to be home and see some friends and to see my family," said Shaw.

Now she's back home for the first time since winning the prestigious award.

Shaw became the youngest Pulitzer Prize winner for music ever, at the age of 30.

Shaw's winning entry, "Partita" with her ensemble, and "Roomful of Teeth".

Shaw said she had been working on the piece for three years.

Shaw just got back from the Pulitzer ceremony and says the last couple months have been exciting.

Since winning, Shaw says she's received an overwhelming amount congratulations from people here in Greenville; especially, her alma mater, St. Peter's Catholic School.

"I've gotten phone calls, and emails, and letters from really far back. A bunch of the teachers and the students sent me all these pictures they'd drawn [saying] congratulations Caroline! It was really lovely," said Shaw.

Shaw is currently finishing her doctorate in music composition at Princeton University and working as freelance composer.

 

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