Amy Beth Kirsten’s (DMA ’10, Composition) music-driven theatre work Savior was listed as one of the 10 best classical concerts of 2018 by the Chicago Tribune. She was also invited to be a guest lecturer at the Royal Northern Conservatory of Music in Manchester and gave a presentation called “The Performing Body as Musical Mask,” which focused on her music-driven theatre works. Finally, on January 17, pianist Adam Swayne released an album featuring her titular work for vocalizing pianist Speak to Me. Coming up, Nadia Shpachenko will release her album “Poetry of Places” on March 1, 2019, and the album will feature the world premiere recording of Kirsten’s piece h.o.p.e. which was inspired by the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.