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School of Music Student Named Collegiate Winner of PMEA Composition Program

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March 4, 2014

School of Music 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 choir and piano), will be 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 at The Juilliard School. Anne-Marie earned her master’s degree in music and music education at 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. For the full story, click here.