Amy Kirsten

Amy Beth Kirsten most recently held a 2009 Creative Arts Residency at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy to compose a new opera. She was a finalist for the 2009 Rome Prize in Musical Composition. She participated in the American Composers Orchestra’s 16th Annual Underwood New Music Readings and was the winner of the 2006-7 Volti Choral Arts Lab Commissioning and Residency competition. Ms. Kirsten earned a BA in Vocal Jazz Studies from Illinois’ Benedictine University and holds a Master’s Degree in Composition from Chicago College of Performing Arts. Currently, she is a post-graduate composition student at Peabody Conservatory and lives and works in New Haven, CT. Before moving to the east coast, Ms. Kirsten was a regular fixture in the Chicago singer/songwriter scene performing at such venues as Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, Quenchers Saloon, The Subterranean, Katerina’s, and Uncommon Ground.