Mary King received her Doctorate in Music Composition from Northwestern University in 2006 where she studied with Jay Alan Yim and Augusta Read Thomas. She has served as Assistant Professor of Music at California Baptist University as well as Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, where she supervised the orchestration module. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Hamburger Klangwerktage Composer Laureate Award, a National Association of Composers USA Young Composers Award, and the Ellen Zwilich Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music. Her music has been performed at venues in New York, Chicago, Paris, Florence, Hamburg and at a number of notable summer programs and festivals including June in Buffalo, Hamburger Klangwerktage, the Look & Listen Music and Art Festival (ISCM Series), and at the Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (UPIC/CCMIX). Her works have been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Oklahoma City Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, Claire Chase, Patricia Spencer, Stacey Barelos, John Sampen, and the International Ensemble Modern Akademie.