Biography

Diane Anderson holds a B.A. in music from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an M. A. in Music Studies from University of New Hampshire. She studied piano at UMASS with Thomas Stumpf. It was for his piano ensemble class that she composed and then premiered her first composition, Tomorrow's Past, a piece for two pianos.  After leaving UMASS, Ms. Anderson studied composition with Daniel J. Kennedy until going to the UNH where her principal teachers were Lori Dobbins and Andrew Boysen, Jr. Several of her pieces were premiered at UNH including Wind Trio, and a larger chamber work, Music for Winds and Strings, Piano and Percussion. Ms. Anderson's Symphony for Winds was premiered by the UNH Wind Symphony under the direction of Andrew Boysen, Jr. She currently resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and has run a successful piano teaching studio for more than twenty years.

 

Diane is a freelance composer with Alpha Major Publishing, Houston, Texas.  You can find her published pieces for piano students at www.alphamajor.com. Her piece for intermediate piano students, Downtown Crossing, received a "thumbs up" review in Clavier Companion, Fall 2014 issue.

 

Describe your music

Hope Abounding, SATB with piano and violin, (2015)

Things I Like, solo piano (with teacher duets), primary (2015) available at www.alphamajor.com

Space Junk, solo piano, elementary (2015) available at www.alphamajor.com

Winter Playground, solo piano, elementary (2015) available at www.alphamajor.com

Gala at Mystic Bay, solo piano, early intermediate (2015) available at www.alphamajor.com

Downtown Crossing, solo piano, intermediate (2014) available at www.alphamajor.com

Dorian Jig, solo piano, late elementary (2014) available at www.alphamajor.com

Windswept Miniatures, solo piano, late elementary to intermediate (2014) available at www.alphamajor.com

Kyrie (2011) for SATB, violin and viola

Crossroads (2010) for SATB, piano and percussion

Tembo for Middle School Band (2010)

Symphony for Winds (2009)

As Morning Breaks (2009) SATB with piano, clarinet and percussion

Music for Winds & Strings, Piano & Percussion (2008)

Summer Died Last Night (2006) (SATB accompanied by solo cello and solo viola)

Wind Trio (2007) for Clarinet, Bassoon and Flute