Beth Anderson is a composer of new romantic music, text-sound works, and music theater events. She has composed and has had produced an opera, an oratorio, three off-off Broadway musicals, several downtown music theater collaborations, music for orchestra, voice, chorus, tape, instrumental solos with and without electronic modulation, and a large amount of chamber music, in this country and in Europe, on radio and in concert.
A resident of New York City, Ms. Anderson is a member of the International Alliance of Women in Music, B.M.I., & New York Women Composers. She has taught at New York University, Mills College Preparatory, the N.Y.C. Public School System, Young Audiences, The New School for Social Research, D.C. 37, and the College of New Rochelle. Her articles have been published in Heresies Magazine, Paid My Dues, The Soho Weekly News, and in Ear Magazine, which she created/edited/published in New York City and edited/published in San Francisco.
Her early work was considered post-Cagian, non-academic but more recently the music became more lyrical while retaining the cut-up quality of the minimalists. Her all-Beth Anderson recordings are out on Albany (Quilt Music, 2004), New World (Swales & Angels, 2004), and Pogus (Peachy Keen-O, 2003). Other Minds (2003) includes Torero Piece. American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music recorded by Nancy Boston includes September Swale along with new piano music by American women composers Deussen, Galbraith, Zaimont, Moon and Diemer just released 2006. Points of Entry: The Laurels Project Vol. I Comment for flute solo (based on a poem by Dorothy Parker) is out on a Capstone CD (CPS-8759) performed by Nina Assimakopoulos. Songs In Transit: An American Expedition Soprano Melanie Mitrano recorded Lullaby (words by Auden) and Beauty Runs Faster (words by the composer) for her CD is on Capstone CPS-8756. Her Trio: dream in d and Net Work have been released on Two by Three: Music by Women on North/South Records, Belgian Tango recorded by The Tango Project, is available on Newport Classics CDs and Opus One has released REVEL with the Richmond Symphony and Minnesota Swale with the Bratislava Radio Orchestra. Her publishers include Joshua Corp./E.M.I., Recital Music in England and Antes/Bella Musica in Germany.
Ms. Anderson’s biography appears in Baker’s Biographical Dictionary, The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, The New Grove Opera Dictionary, The Pandora Guide To Women Composers by Sophie Fuller, The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, Women In American Music by Christina Ammer, Contemporary American Composers by Ruth Anderson, Women Composers, Conductors and Musicians of the 20th Century, Vol. 2 by Jane Weiner LePage, Contemporary Composers edited by Morton & Collins, and The World Who’s Who of Women. Born in Kentucky, she studied primarily in California with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley and Larry Austin, at Mills College and the University of California at Davis. She served as resident composer at the Chamber Music Conference of the East/Composers’ Forum in Bennington, Vermont and was chosen as contemporary competition composer for the 2002 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine.