Anne Neikirk is a composer and music educator. She divides her compositional pursuits between acoustic and electroacoustic composition, and is generally drawn to creative processes that involve interdisciplinary work and collaboration. Undoubtedly influenced by her own liberal arts education, her works are generally inspired from some other area of study, and often focus on telling a story or depicting a non-musical idea. She has worked collaboratively with a poet, a biologist, a painter, and numerous performing artists who have commissioned original works from her. Her performance background in vocal music instilled a particular interest in text setting and the relationship between music and the written word. Some of the accolades that these projects have received include a Presser Music Award (2012), an American Composers Forum Subito Grant (2014), and inclusion on the SCI CD Series (2015). Her work has also been selected for presentation at many regional and national conferences including the Society of Composers Regional and National Conferences, the College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, and the American Harp Society National Conference, among others.
Dr. Neikirk received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from Temple University in Philadelphia, preceded by a Master of Music degree in Composition from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Hamilton College. Before attending graduate school, she lived and worked in Argentina for a year, teaching English as a Foreign Language. Upon completing her education, Dr. Neikirk worked as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and at the University of Delaware. In 2016 she began as an Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Norfolk State University in Virginia, where she teaches courses in Composition, Music Theory/Aural Skills, Contemporary Music, and Theory Pedagogy. She currently serves as the Composition Board Member for the College Music Society Northeast Chapter, and also as the Submissions Coordinator for the Executive Committee of the Society of Composers, Inc. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and their quirky cat, Nadia.