Anne NeikirkPhiladelphia, PA
Anne Neikirk (ASCAP) was born in 1983 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Scotia, New York. Her compositional interests include vocal and sacred music, symmetrical modes, and music in nature. Her works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad, including Italy and France. She has been a participating composer in various festivals and conferences, including the College Music Society National Conference, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the National Student Electronic Music Event, the University of Central Missouri New Music Festival, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the Amphibian Series at the HiArt! Gallery in New York, and several regional SCI conferences. She has worked with ensembles such as the Momenta String Quartet, the Arneis String Quartet, the Glaux Trio, the University of Delaware Percussion Ensemble, the Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale, and the Hamilton College Hill Singers, as well as vocalists Silvie Jensen and Christina English. An alumna of the Brevard Music Institute‘s composition program in North Carolina and the European American Musical Alliance program in Paris, Anne has received commissions from various solo and chamber performers as well as the Women’s Sacred Music Project and Network for New Music in Philadelphia. Anne is a recipient of the 2012 Presser Music Award. In the same year, her song cycle Years Later was a regional winner and national finalist for the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission.
Anne received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2013 from the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, where she currently teaches courses in music theory and music appreciation. She holds a Master of Music degree in composition from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Hamilton College, where she was a teaching assistant in aural skills and world music. Her compositions have involved several collaborative projects, including partnerships with artist Kristen Moore, poet Penelope Cray, and ecologist Patrick McLaughlin. Anne is a co-founder and former president of conTemplum, Temple University’s student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. Her dissertation, Symphonic Prayers, is a multi-movement work for orchestra and soprano soloist. It will be premiered in February 2014 by the Temple University Orchestra with Luis Biava conducting. Her primary composition teachers include Samuel Pellman, Marilyn Shrude, Cynthia Folio and Maurice Wright. She has had additional studies with Matthew Greenbaum, Aaron Travers, Lewis Rosengarten, Burton Beerman, Robert Aldridge, Kevin Puts, David Dzubay and Michel Merlet. Anne is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, SCI, ACF and New Music USA. She lives in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.