Montgomery County Native Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

The Pulitzer Prize for music went to Pennsylvania native Julia Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields."

Wolfe's work, described by judges as a "powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet," was composed after a year's study of the Pennsylvania coal mining industry at the turn of the 20th Century, near where Wolfe grew up in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania.

"I'm definitely shell-shocked," Wolfe, 56, said from her home in New York City. She describes herself as a musical renegade, with inspirations that come from folks, classical and rock, and said she hopes the award can inspire other musicians to follow dreams that follow unconventional paths.

The Pulitzer Prize for fiction, drama and other categories were also handed out Monday.

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