Born August 4, 1951 in Hammond, Indiana, Lois V. Vierk is a "post-minimalist" or "totalist" composer who lives in New York City.
She received a B.A. degree in piano and ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1974. She then attended Cal Arts, studying composition with Mel Powell, Leonard Stein, and Morton Subotnick, receiving her M.F.A. in 1978. She has conducted extensive study of gagaku music, studying for ten years with Suenobu Togi in Los Angeles, and for two years in Tokyo with Sukeyasu Shiba (the lead ryūteki player in Japan's Imperial Court Orchestra). She has written many chamber works for different ensembles which are multiples of the same instrument. Her work uses glissando prominently and builds exponentially in level of activity. More recently she has exampled to mixed instrument ensembles, such as in her piece Timberline (music) commissioned by the Rel?che Ensemble, and Red Shift which has been performed on Bang on a Can Live Vol. 2.