Anne McAninch is an emerging composer and just completed her dissertation (Machinations: A Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra) to complete the DMA Composition program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead-Witter School of Music, where she studies composition with Professor Laura Schwendinger and conducting with Professor Scott Teeple. She received her Masters of Music in Composition from James Madison University, where she studied composition with Eric Guinivan and Jason Haney and bassoon with Susan Barber. Before pursuing her degrees in composition, Anne received her Bachelors in Music in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and studied bassoon with Jon Gaarder. She has also taught instrumental music in Washington, DC for nine years. Anne made her collegiate conducting debut when she led the University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Band in the premiere of her work Silver Lining. Anne has had readings with the JACK Quartet, Del Sol Quartet, Cygnus Ensemble, and has had performances by acclaimed flutist Emma Resmini. Anne’s compositions have been described as “harmonically interesting” and “rich in orchestral color.” Anne’s work Seven was selected to be presented at the Society of Composers, Inc. 2018 Region VI convention, she was the guest composer-in-residence at the Caroga Lake Music Festival: InterArts Symposium and has had a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Anne’s work Fanfare for Orchestra was selected as the Mead-Whitter School of Music 2018-2019 Symphony Showcase Composition winner.