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    Born in Dallas, Magen began her musical training on piano at the age of five. She later took up violin/fiddle on which she has been self-taught. Early in her professional career she began experimenting with improvisation which led to her earliest compositions. As a high school student Magen wrote primarily for piano and strings. Her first orchestra piece was premiered by the Garland (TX) High School Honors Orchestra in 2005. That year she was also awarded the William Gillock Memorial Award by the Richardson Music Teachers Association for one of her piano compositions. 

    Magen attended Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University where she received the Bachelor of Music degree in composition. After graduation, she accepted a position as orchestra director of Pegasus Charter School in Dallas.                                                                                                                    
    Her writing is considered extremely diverse with a catalogue that includes electro-acoustic music, string quartets, music for film and rock music. Her recent interest in political writing has worked its way into her compositional style. Magen has had her compositions premiered by the Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University of Arkansas' Wind Symphony. She is currently published by C. Alan Publications, based in Greensboro, North Carolina.  
    In addition to her work as a composer, Magen is also the Founder and Owner of the Dallas Music Guild-an organization whose mission is to spark interest in independent work and collaboration with local musicians-She also teaches piano and fiddle in her private studio and as a member of the Dallas Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.