Anne Kilstofte

Composer Anne Kilstofte has set the poetry of American writers John Berryman, Carl Sandburg, and Witter Bynner.

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Anne Kilstofte was born in Arizona. She served as composer in residence and assistant professor at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for twelve years, and completed a Faith Partners Composer Residency in Minnesota, her second through the American Composers Forum of Minnesota before moving to Arizona to devote herself to composition full-time. International performances include a symphonic piece performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China and a large wind ensemble work premiered in Italy, by the historically prominent Carabinieri Band of Italy.

In 2004 she was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar to spend a year in Estonia teaching composition and workshops, researching the music of communist and post-communist Estonia and composing several works at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn, Estonia. Her work culminated with a concert and compact disc of some of her choral and pipe organ works.

Her years of work in Minnesota were distinguished by awards from the Jerome Foundation, two McKnight Fellowships, (1994-1995, 1999-2000) two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, (1996, 2000) a Bush Artist Fellowship, (1997-1998) three grants from the American Composers Forum for Music in Motion, (2006) music for dance; a subito grant, (2007) also for a dance work, and she was one of the first composers to receive the Faith Partners Consortium Grant and a subsequent grant nearly 10 years later (1993-1995, 2007-2008).

Dr. Kilstofte is not only a composer and educator but also a mentor and advocate of new music and the work of women in music, which has been seen in her volunteer efforts with the International Alliance for Women in Music, the American Composers Forum, and the Society of Composers, Incorporated. As president of the International Alliance for Women in Music and coordinator of the Beijing Congress for Women in Music, she brought together more than five continents of women composers, musicologists, and performers in five days of events and concerts held at the Chinese Conservatory of Music, the National Performing Arts Center, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in 2008.

Commissions have included the National Conference on the works of Poet Laureate John Berryman, Randolph-Macon College Women’s Choir in the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, and the National Forestry Association, as well as the Stockholm String Quartet, Estonian Camerata, Donne in Musica, Borealis Brass Octet, Entourage Eclat, and the Arapahoe Philharmonic.

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