Greetings from Elisabeth -
We're thrilled to announce that, having surpassed the $3500 goal, we've asked the amazing Amy Beth Kirsten to write a piece for us - and she's agreed!
Amy was a graduate student at the Peabody Conservatory when Zach and I were wee sophomores, and I've been a huge fan of her work ever since.
Below is a photo and brief bio. Check her out!
Amy Beth Kirsten (b. 8/21/1972 in Belleville, Illinois) was recently a finalist for the Rome Prize in Music Composition and was the recipient of a 2009 Artist Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. She has been a Composition Fellow at Norfolk New Music Festival, Bang on a Can, Mizzou New Music Festival, Music10, and at École Normale de Musique in Paris. Most recently, Ms. Kirsten held the position of Missouri Composer Laureate (2009-10). Recent performances include those by Vicki Ray, Alarm Will Sound, Tim Munro (of eighth blackbird), American Composers Orchestra – 16th Annual Underwood Reading, l’Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, Harbor Opera Company, San Francisco Cabaret Opera, Missouri Verses and Voices, the CAGE Ensemble, Volti, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a reading session with Marin Alsop.
Raised in the suburbs of Kansas City and Chicago, Ms. Kirsten received degrees from Benedictine University (BA), the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University (MM), and from Peabody Conservatory (DMA). She has taught on the faculties of Peabody Conservatory, Towson University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Connecticut. Currently a freelance composer, she currently lives and works in New Haven, CT.