Anne McAninch is a composer currently living in Madison, Wisconsin, and she is working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; she is currently studying with Laura Schwendinger. Anne also holds a B.M. in Music Education from West Chester University, and a Master's in Music-Composition from James Madison University. Anne had readings with the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra, Del Sol Quartet, and the JACK Quartet. She also established the James Madison University Society of Composers, Inc. Anne taught instrumental music in Prince George’s County Public Schools for nine years. Before attending JMU, Anne studied with Francis Thompson-McKay at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. and composed music for members of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program including child prodigy Emma Resmini. Anne’s compositions have been described as “rich in harmonic color” and has been given praise for her choice of orchestration color use in several of her pieces. Anne’s previous teachers include Francis Thompson-McKay, Eric Guinivan, and Jason Haney and bassoon with Susan Barber.


Set of Luminosity

Poems by Adam Struble Music by Anne McAninch


Musical interpretation of the seven stages of grief for bassoon and piano.

Do Not Go

Poem by Dylan Thomas (Permission granted by estate) Music by Anne McAninch