Ph.D. student Anne-Marie Hildebrandt has been named the collegiate winner of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's 2014 Composition Program. Her winning composition titled Two Poems by Carl Sandburg (for SSAATTBB choir and piano) was premiered at the organization's annual inservice conference on Friday, March 28 in Hershey.
Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Anne-Marie is a composer, arranger, singer/songwriter, educator, and multi-instrumentalist with a unique and varied background. She began her musical life as a classical pianist, earning her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School. Anne-Marie earned her master’s degree in music and music education from Columbia University. During her time at Juilliard, she began teaching ear-training at the college and pre-college levels, as well as voice and piano. Since graduation, she has dabbled in as many genres and learned to play as many instruments as possible. Particularly formative were her years immersed in the Irish traditional music culture of New York City. Due in part to her interest in ear training and multiple genres, she now also teaches improvisation.
An experienced choral conductor, many of Anne-Marie’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published by Hinshaw Music and others. She has recorded several full-length albums, most recently The Golden Keyboard with well-known Irish fiddler Katie Davis Henderson. She maintains an active performance career which has included 26 solo appearances on the stage of Carnegie Hall as part of the Hall’s Musical Explorers series, and one memorable occasion singing an improvised duet with Bobby McFerrin.
Two Poems by Carl Sandburg as well as another new composition by Anne-Marie, A Winter's Night, will be performed by the Penn State University Choir at its fall 2014 campus concert.