Alumna Kirsten Volness Appointed Composer-in-Residence at Mary K. Hail Music Mansion
Kirsten Volness (BA, 2002, music theory and composition, student of Judith Lang Zaimont and Alex Lubet; piano student of Paul Shaw) has been appointed the inaugural Composer-in-Residence at the 79-year-old Mary K. Hail Music Mansion in Providence, Rhode Island where she performs and curates a monthly chamber music series called First Fridays. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Music and receiving her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Dr. Volness has garnered a steady stream of commissions from organizations, including the BMI Foundation, ASCAP/SEAMUS, and the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance, and ensembles such as Hotel Elefant, NOW Ensemble, Colorado Quartet, Cambridge Philharmonic, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Her latest work, Year Without A Summer, commissioned by the bass clarinet and marimba duo, Transient Canvas, received its world premiere at the Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio on November 15, 2017. Upcoming performances are scheduled throughout the 2017-2018 concert season in Bowling Green (OH); the Massachusetts cities of Boston, Framingham, and Waltham; and the California cites of Riverside, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Stockton. Volness continues to perform as a piano soloist and member of contemporary ensembles Hotel Elefant and Verdant Vibes, both dedicated to the championing of works by living composers. She also teaches privately and at the University of Rhode Island.