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Philip Blackburn was born in Cambridge, England, and studied music there and at the University of Iowa with Kenneth Gaburo. He has worked at the American Composers Forum since 1991 as director of the innova Recordings label and has produced over 650 albums, including the multimedia Urtext series, Enclosures: Harry Partch. He is also a public artist specializing in sound — a composer/environmental sound-artist. Blackburn’s works have been heard in ships’ harbors, state fairs, forests, a TB sanatorium, and coming out of storm sewers, as well as in galleries, parking lots, and on concert stages. He has incorporated brainwave sensors and dowsing rods in performance as well as balloon flutes, conch shells, car horns, and wind-powered harps. His kinetic sculpture, The Scope at Beacon Bluff, sits on the site of the original 3M plant and he has built an art-house in Belize.
Director of Operations-innova recordings
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Chris Campbell is a composer, producer, and the Director of Operations at innova recordings where he runs the business side of the label. An alum of Sarah Lawrence College, Campbell studied composition with George Tsontakis. From sit-down concerts to all-night festivals, his music has been performed and heard from New Zealand to Montserrat. From the UK to the US. Praised as “heady, possessing elements of post-Minimalism, avant-garde rock, jazz and global fusion styles that mingle and merge with dreamlike mutability”…(The New York Times) and “a surreal (or super-real?) vortex…(Gramophone), Campbell’s music is a meditation on sacred space, ritual and sonic texture. In addition to his own music, Campbell has either produced or worked directly on the promotion and distribution of over 300 projects and albums, some of them appearing in publications such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Newsweek, Time Out, Downbeat, and USA Today.
Program Events Curator
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Yan Pang is a composer, choreographer, and scholar. She received her Ph.D. in Music with a minor in Theater Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on inter-cultural music composition and performance. As part of this interest, she has been commissioned to compose and invited to perform in music festivals throughout the world. She considers both her music composition and dance choreography as a means to build multicultural understanding and tolerance. A selection of her varied publications includes the album Glory Times (as songwriter and music director) by the China Scientific & Cultural Audio Video Publishing Company, the score “Solis Ortus” (winner of the SunRiver International Composition Competition) by China People’s Cultural Publishing Company, the paper “Scene of Sichuan Opera” (co-author with Mingzhu Song), and the books Cool Math for Hot Music, All About Music, and Basic Music Technology (co-authored Guerino Mazzola et. al.) by Springer.
VP of Finance and Administration
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Paul received his bachelor of science in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He immediately started his nonprofit career with a position in the development department at Walker Art Center and then moved over to accounting. Paul was the Project/Grants Accountant at Minnesota Public Radio and Business Manager of MNN Radio Networks before arriving at ACF in spring of 2003.
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Tim Igel is the Publicist for innova Recordings. He is also a composer. As publicist for innova Recordings, Tim understands and values the time and effort that composers put into recording and releasing their work. He believes that this effort merits equal effort on his part to get a project recognized. He works to ensure that each album gets out to as many ears as possible through digital and physical distribution tools as well as personal communication with radio stations, reviewers, and content creators. Tim feels that the unique voices of innova artists deserve to heard and works to make that a reality.
Director of Education and Community Partnerships
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Laura Krider is an arts worker, nonprofit unicorn, and singer living in the Twin Cities. Before joining the American Composers Forum, Laura served as Graduate Student Services Assistant and Public Engagement Coordinator at the University of Minnesota – School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education and a Master of Professional Studies degree in Arts and Cultural Leadership, both from the University of Minnesota. Laura has also done consulting/board work the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, and the MN State Arts Board. As a freelance singer, Laura is the Singer Representative to the Board and a founding member of The Singers: MN Choral Artists, and has also participated in projects with the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Dale Warland Chorale, Border CrosSing, First Readings Project, The MPR Carolers, and the a cappella group Deviated Septet. In short, she lives for making sound and supporting the people who craft it.
William J. Lackey
VP of Programs
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Composer William J. Lackey found his love of sound and motion on club dance floors at an early age. William’s continued exploration of sound and the movement of sound can be heard in the form of concert works, installations, theatrical pieces, and on the dance floor. William serves as Vice President of Programs at the American Composers Forum. William comes to the Forum with an extensive background in arts management, concert/event production, community service, and teaching. Selected as a McKnight Visiting Fellow in 2011, William collaborated with several communities in Hector, Minnesota, to develop a multimedia work that explored the history of farming in that part of the state. William’s experience in Hector gave William a new perspective on how composers can find interesting ways to engage community.
VP of Development
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Bonnie has served as the VP of Development at the American Composers Forum since 2010 and has over 20 years of experience in communications and development in the nonprofit sector. Throughout her career, Bonnie has led varied projects that have secured safe places for troubled youth; advocated for people with disabilities; and raised project funding for programming to support and nurture artists. Most recently, Bonnie served as the Director of Individual Giving at Arc Greater Twin Cities. In that role, she was responsible for leading individual giving efforts, growing the annual campaign, and developing events from a large annual gala to small donor gatherings. Prior to working at Arc, Bonnie served as the Director of Communications & Marketing at Minnesota Project Innovation (MPI), an economic development agency linking investors to entrepreneurs. As a creative writer and music appreciator, Bonnie has a strong interest in the creative process.
Manager of Membership and Board Liaison
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Development and Operations Associate
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President & CEO
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Vanessa Rose became President & CEO of the American Composers Forum in January 2019. For more than a decade, Vanessa has been working with artists and organizations dedicated to living creators, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Lark Play Development Center, The Knights, the American Composers Orchestra, and Arco Collaborative. She has led organizations through significant transitions: establishing new leadership positions, building effective planning strategies, clarifying mission-driven priorities, and strengthening racial equity work.
Vanessa’s administrative experience includes the positions of Associate Director of the Patron Program and Major Gifts Coordinator at the Metropolitan Opera, and Development Associate and Special Projects Manager at the League of American Orchestras as well. In 2006, she completed the League’s year-long Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, which included residencies with the Dallas Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and San Francisco Symphony.
A classical violinist, she studied performance at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music (B.M.), Mannes College of Music (M.M), and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. Vanessa loves travel, studying people and places, yoga, and running. She has two kids, a cat, and husband, Patrick.
Director of Communications
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No stranger to ACF, Dameun Strange is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, and winner of the 2015 MECA and the 2019 ACF| create. His conceptual chamber works, choral pieces and operas are focused on stories of the African diaspora, often exploring Afro-surrealist and Afrofuturist themes. He now joins the ACF team as Director of Communications.
Aside from his creative pursuits, Dameun has been an arts advocate and a creative consultant to leaders and organizations in the for profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. As a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow, He was a program associate for the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Team. He has served on the board of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Compas, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and Zeitgeist.
Dameun lives in Saint Paul, MN with his wife, Corina and son, Ezra. Like any good nerd, he enjoys a good sci-fi story and has a soft spot for anything related to astrophysics.