Anne Neikirk

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 and national 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 for orchestra and soprano soloist, was 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.


Large Ensemble:

SYMPHONIC PRAYERS (2013) for soprano and orchestra (ca. 25:00) - Doctoral Dissertation

FABLES (2012) for orchestra (ca. 5:00)

PEACE OF MIND (2011) for chamber orchestra (ca. 6:00)

HYFRYDOL VARIATIONS (2010) for wind ensemble (ca. 4:30)

MISSA AD HONOREM SANCTI FRANCISCI (2008-2009) for SATB choir and woodwind quintet (ca. 15:00) - Masters Thesis

YOUNG HUNTING (2008) for chamber orchestra (ca. 7:30)

CASCADES (2006) for string orchestra (ca. 6:00)

Chamber Ensemble:

GANGREL (2012) for string quartet (ca. 6:00)

BLUE RIDGE HORN TRIO (2010-2011) for horn, violin and piano (ca. 12:00)

ELEGY (2010) for Pierrot ensemble (ca. 5:00)

SONATA FOR SILENCE (2009) for flute, cello and piano (ca. 4:30)

OPUS ABACI (2009) for percussion ensemble (ca. 5:00)

PARTIAL ARTS (2009) for clarinet, trumpet and 2 trombones (ca. 4:30)

DÍA (2008) for trumpet and horn (ca. 5:00)

METAMORPHOSIS (2007) for trumpet and piano (ca. 11:00)

QUERIDO (2007) for flute quartet (ca. 6:00)

PRIMAVERA (2004) for solo horn and piano (ca. 3:00)


YEARS LATER (2012): A song cycle for mezzo soprano and string quartet (ca. 35:00)

IN PRAISE OF SONGS THAT DIE (2011) for soprano and piano (ca. 4:00)

THE SYMPHONY TRUE (2010) for mezzo soprano and piano (ca. 3:00)

O LEAFY BRANCH (2010) for SATB a cappella choir (ca. 4:30) Commissioned by the Women in Sacred Music Project

STEWARDS OF GOD'S GRACE (2008) for SATB a cappella choir (ca. 4:30) Commissioned by RD Mathey for the Praecepta Commissioning Raffle

KIPLING SONG CYCLE (2005) for SATB choir (ca. 20:00) - Undergraduate Senior Project


PRELUDE IN B-FLAT (2005) for solo organ (ca. 3:00)

OCTOBER (2004) for solo viola (ca. 2:30)

HIDE AND SEEK (2004) for solo flute (ca. 3:30)


locoMotives (2013) for harp and fixed electronics (ca. 8:15) Commissioned by Elizabeth Morgan-Ellis

FLICKER (2013) for flute and fixed electronics (ca. 3:00) Commissioned by Network for New Music

BALLOONMAN (2011) for tenor saxophone and fixed electronics (ca. 6:30) Commissioned by saxophonist Andrew Allen

CARDIOGLOSSA (2011) for electronic media (ca. 6:00)

YOUNG HUNTING (2009) for electronic media (7:19)

PERFORMANCE PRACTICE (2009) for electronic media (3:04)

HOURGLASS (2008) for electronic media (7:33)

OFFICE SPACE (2008) for electronic media (3:48)

AMERICA (2004) for electronic media (3:17)


Gangrel, from Years Later (see website for more audio/video)
mvmt. VI from the song cycle Years Later

Performance by Silvie Jensen and the Momenta String Quartet