Kirsten Broberg: composer gets her big break

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
May 28, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Her music has been described as haunting, stunning, and picturesque even ineffable. It casts a spell on us that leaves time behind, taking us into a different kind of present, a different kind of now.

And sadly for us - but a huge boost for her career - Kirsten Broberg will be packing up her scores and moving south to Denton Texas to begin a tenure track Assistant Professorship at one of the finest music schools in the country, the University of North Texas.

Kirsten has joined me today for a little exit interview, to listen to music and to discuss what it means to be a 21st century composer.

And that includes how she teaches the creative art of composing, helping young musicians find their voice - and also how she keeps learning as a creative artist herself including heading to France this summer to study with some of the best in the spectral music movement.

Her final concert as co-director of Ensemble 61 is this Saturday at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Music Room in the historic Hamm Building.

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