Amy Beth Kirsten

eighth blackbird

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm

$25 ($20 with SONiCPass)

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Amy Beth Kirsten (b. 8/21/1972 in Belleville, Illinois) is honored to have received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and Levy Supplemental Stipend for music composition. In recent years, she was a finalist for the Rome Prize and received a Rockefeller Foundation Artist Fellowship. She was a Composition Fellow at Norfolk New Music Workshop, Bang on a Can, Mizzou New Music Festival, Music10, and at École Normale de Musique in Paris. In 2009-2010, Ms. Kirsten was named Missouri's First Composer Laureate due to her close association with the state. 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.