Philip Blackburn

 

Philip Blackburn
innova Director
651.251.2823 | pblackburn@composersforum.org

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.


Chris Campbell

 

Chris Campbell
Director of Operations-innova recordings
651.251.2820 | ccampbell@composersforum.org

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.


Amanda Cook

 

Amanda Cook
Editor-in-chief, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
Prounouns: she/her/hers
editor@icareifyoulisten.com

Amanda has taken a circuitous path to her current work as a music critic and digital editor. Flute performance was her first love, but during her D.M.A. studies, her interests in research and writing started to take shape. When an injury left her unable to play for over a year, she threw all of her creative energy into shaping I CARE IF YOU LISTEN into the platform you see today.

As Editor-in-chief of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, Amanda’s work is centered on amplifying diverse artistic voices. She believes that strong communities are built by developing genuine relationships one person at a time.

Outside of ICIYL, Amanda is trying to learn how to have hobbies. She likes solving punny crossword clues, cooking and baking from scratch, taking care of a growing collection of houseplants, and remembering how to read for fun after years in academia.

Amanda lives in the Greater Boston area with her partner Kenny, and together they enjoy going for long walks, playing board games, traveling around New England, tending to their bird feeders, and being disappointed by the Cleveland Browns.


Paul Hanson

 

Paul Hanson
VP of Finance and Administration
651.251.2813 | phanson@composersforum.org

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.


Tim Igel

 

Tim Igel
innova Publicist
612.314.6824 | tigel@composersforum.org

Tim (He/Him/HIs) is a music maker who focuses on recorded music projects as well as creating open musical experiences that anyone can participate in. He sees his musical practice as a way to imagine our present and future world in a different way.

At innova and ACF, Tim is focused on collaborating with artists to amplify their music and their stories. 

Outside of music, he can often be found biking around the twin-cities, learning about art and sustainability, exploring new places, and playing video games with friends. 

You should contact him if you have any questions regarding marketing yourself and/or your music.


Laura Krider

 

Laura Krider
Director of Education and Community Partnerships
612.314.9228 | lkrider@composersforum.org

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 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
William J. Lackey

 

William J. Lackey
VP of Programs
651.317.9441 | wlackey@composersforum.org

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.


Bonnie Marshall

 

Bonnie Marshall
VP of Development
651.251.2822 | bmarshall@composersforum.org

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.


Haley Olson
Haley Olson

 

Haley Olson
Manager of Membership and Board Liaison 
651.251.2810 | holson@composersforum.org

Haley Olson is a composer, pianist and vocalist based in Minnesota. As a composer, she has written works that have been programmed and performed by ensembles and festivals such as the Occasional Symphony, the Space City New Music Festival, and the Sparks and Wiry Cries songSLAM. Haley holds degrees in composition from St. Olaf College and the Peabody Institute. As a performer, she has provided incidental music for improv and theatrical shows in Baltimore and the Twin Cities. An educator and advocate for teaching musical skills to students of all ages, she has worked with mentorship projects such as Baltimore’s Junior Bach program and currently directs the children’s choir and theory program at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal church in St. Paul.

Dell Paulsen

 

Dell Paulsen
Development and Operations Associate
Pronouns: he/him/his
651.251.2810 | dpaulsen@composersforum.org

 
His career started in the world of food service, and now as the ACF’s new Development & Operations Associate, Dell Paulsen is doing what he can to advocate for those who create what he calls “food for the soul”. Hailing from the hills of East Tennessee, Dell’s passion for music started at a young age, when his father introduced him to the sounds of Pink Floyd and The Beatles. As he grew, so did his very eclectic taste in music, which now includes hip hop, rock, electronica, and what is commonly referred to as “classical”. With his career shift, Dell’s goals not only include advocating for today’s music creators, but doing so in a way that promotes the racial equity that the ACF has dedicated itself to. Outside of work, Dell is an avid fan of being in the moment and bringing people together and enjoys video games, podcasts, reading, and exploring his new home in Saint Paul, MN.

Vanessa Rose
 
Vanessa Rose
President & CEO
Pronouns: she/her/hers
651.251.2811 | vrose@composersforum.org

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.


Dameun Strange

 

Dameun Strange
Director of Communications
651.321.8242 | dstrange@composersforum.org

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.