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Abby Kellems is a composer, pianist, and occasional tuba player based in Colorado. Her work explores the images and intricacies of the natural world, and she focuses on creating musical experiences that facilitate a deeper relationship between listeners, performers, and the environment. She completed her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Composition at the University of Oregon, where she studied with David Crumb and Robert Kyr. She received the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Awards in the areas of Music Theory and Composition from the UO School of Music and Dance, and graduated summa cum laude. Kellems was also selected for the University of Oregon’s Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She completed a paper titled "Six Contemporary American Women Composers: Creating Music as a Means of Environmental Activism," which won the Center for Environmental Futures/Andrew W. Mellon Award.


She completed her Master's in Music in Music Composition at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she taught aural skills and studied with Annika Socolofsky and Michael Theodore. She received the Spark Award for Electroacoustic Composition in support of her piece Pre/postlude: Free Flow, a multimedia spatialized work created for the B2 Experimental Studio that explored the beauty and power of undammed rivers. She also received the Graduate Composer Award for her art song L'onde tremble comme une moire, which was commissioned by the Fauré Centennial Festival. Other recent commissions include works for the Boulder Altitude Directive, soprano Melissa Lubecke Sarabia, and the Riverside Chamber Symphony.


Kellems is also a founding member of the Plein Air Sound Collective, an ecosystem of composers, performers, producers, and other artists with the common goal of exploring the relationship between sound and environment. The collective's inaugural project, Weathering Steel, was recorded at the Tank Center for Sonic Arts in May 2023 and will be released later this year.

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