Kirsten Volness
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  .....EDUCATION

2005–2008
Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (AMusD)—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Composition studies: Evan Chambers (2007–08), Bright Sheng (2006–07), William Bolcom (2005–2006)
  Graduate Student Instructor in Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Electronic Music Composition
     Dissertation: Tree of Life for string quartet and stereo digital sound
 

2003–2004

Master of Music in Composition (MM)—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  Composition studies: Karen Tanaka (2004), Michael Daugherty (2004), Betsy Jolas (2003)
  Electronic music studies: Erik Santos (2004), Evan Chambers (2003–04)
  Piano studies: Christopher Harding (2004), Phillip Bush (2003–04)
  Thesis: Triskelion for orchestra
   

1999–2002

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)—University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - with an emphasis in theory/composition,
Summa Cum Laude
  Composition studies: Judith Lang Zaimont (2001–02), Alex Lubet (2001)
  Electronic music studies: Christopher Hopkins (2000)
  Piano studies: Beatrice Ohanessian (2000–01), Paul Shaw (1999–2000)
  Thesis: String Quartet No. 1
   

1998–1999

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  Piano studies: Duane Hulbert
   

       AWARDS AND HONORS

2016 Dorry Award for Performance of the Year (Verdant Vibes)
2015, 2016, 2017 Individual Project Grants from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in support of Verdant Vibes
2014 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Music Composition
2014 Individual Project Grant from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in support of Meridian Project
2011 MacColl Johnson Fellowship in Music Composition, Finalist / Honorable Mention
2011 Music In Architecture-Architecture in Music Symposium, University of Texas at Austin – 2nd Prize
2011 Composer Assistance Program grant from the American Music Center (New Music USA)
2010 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Music Composition
2007 BMI Women's Music Commission
2007 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition – 2nd Prize
Regents Fellowship, University of Michigan School of Music/Rackham Graduate School (2005-08)
Phi Beta Kappa (2001)
 

     TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2012–present Adjunct Faculty in Music Composition, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Courses: Composition lessons (MUS110V–510V), Music of the Modern Era (MUS434/571), Electroacoustic Music
Composition (MUS421/571), Orchestration (MUS417/571), Music Theory I, III+IV (MUS120, 225, 227), Ear
Training and Sight Singing II, III+IV (MUS122, 226, 228), Class Piano II–IV (MUS172, 271, 272);
coordinator of New Music Festival.
2004–present Private piano and composition teacher
Spring 2011 Private composition teacher through Bennington College’s Field Work Term Independent
Study program, advising a senior thesis and recital
Nov 2009 Visiting composer/guest lecturer for introductory composition: Brown University, Providence, RI
2006–08 Graduate Student Instructor in Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Electronic Music Composition,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Summer 2007 Teaching Assistant - Music Theory/Electronic Music - Interlochen Arts Camp
2006 & 2007 Composer-in-Residence, Burns Park Elementary School (Ann Arbor, MI)
Fifth grade music composition projects and concert
2001 Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, Introductory Composition
2000–01 Percussion Instructor, Elk River High School, Elk River, MN
1997–98 Percussion Instructor, Cannon Falls High School, Cannon Falls, MN
 

     RELATED EXPERIENCE

2017 Composer-in-Residence, Music Mansion: curation and production of First Fridays concert series,
rebranding and website design for venue, and increased community engagement
2015–present Co-Director and Pianist, Verdant Vibes
2013–present Multi-instrumentalist and Composer, Meridian Project
2011–present Pianist, Multi-instrumentalist, Hotel Elefant
2010–present Co-Music Director, Tenderloin Opera Company, a homeless advocacy group
2008–present Concert, Audio and Lighting Production: The Murder Cabaret, The Tank, NY ; Multimedia Menagerie, Providence, RI; Tableau
à Go Go
, The Tank; BNMI concert series; Awesome Collective and Meridian Project performances
2010–2016 Board of Directors (2010–2016), Director of Outreach (2012–13), Director of Publicity and Marketing (2010–12),
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.
Summer 2017 Judge, 2017 International Computer Music Conference
Spring 2016 Judge, 2017 SCI National Conference
Spring 2016 Judge, 2016 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition
Fall 2015 Judge, 2016 SEAMUS/ASCAP Student Commission Competition
Fall 2015 Panelist, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Music Composition Fellowship Review
Spring 2014 Panelist, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts: Investment in Arts and Culture Music Grants Review
Fall 2011 Panelist, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts: Individual Project Grants Review
2007–08 Committee Member, Electronic Music Studio renovation project, University of Michigan
2002 Student Representative, Composition Faculty Member Search Committee, University of Minnesota
1998–2002 Composer/Arranger, Minnesota Percussion Association member ensembles, Elk River High School Marching Band,
Deer River High School musical
   

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Composers Forum (ACF)
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Rhode Island Performance Exchange (RIPE)
Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)


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