Ann Millikan

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Ann E. Millikan (born June 10, 1963 in San Diego County, California)[1] is an American composer.

Life and career[edit]

Ann Millikan was born in California. She studied music at San Jose State University, where she graduated with a BA. She went on to graduate with a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell and Stephen Mosko. Afterward, she continued her studies in African music and classical voice.[2]

Millikan composes in several genres, including orchestral, opera, choral and instrumental, and her works have been used for purposes such as installation, theatre and dance.[2] Her compositions have been called "dynamic and diverse."[3]

Millikan's works have been performed internationally and are widely available on recorded media. She currently resides in Minnesota.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Millikan has received grants and awards from the following:

  • 2011 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative
  • 2010 McKnight Composer Fellowship
  • California Arts Council
  • American Music Center
  • ASCAP awards
  • American Composers Forum
  • Meet The Composer
  • Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund
  • Jerome Foundation
  • Zellerbach Family Fund
  • Berkeley Civic Arts Program
  • Waging Peace Through Singing (Highest Honors)


Selected works include:

  • Trilhas de Sombra
  • Ballad Nocturne
  • Landing Inside the Inside of an Animal
  • Red Migration for orchestra
  • Thunder Woman
  • Kuiper Belt Wamfle
  • The Woodcarver & The Blacksmith
  • Cantando para a Onça
  • Choro do Zeitgeist
  • Red Migration
  • 221B Baker Street
  • Trens Coloridos para Gabriela
  • Three Reflections
  • K'uei: A SYZYGY
Theater and dance
  • From The Bottom Drawer
  • The Color of Blood: Praising the Moon We Are, Part I
  • The Medicine of the Spiral
  • K'uei: A SYZYGY
  • From the Bottom Drawer
  • Choro do Miro
  • Metal Shop 302
  • House of Mirrors I
  • House of Mirrors II
  • Calendula
  • Suite for Woodwinds Quartet
  • Water From Your Spring
  • The Medicine of the Spiral II: Quartet Improvisations
  • My Island
  • Abstrações
  • grandmother walks, mist rises
  • Choro
  • Advent Music
  • O Sapientia – O Wisdom
  • The One Who Is Coming...
  • La Vieja
  • Song of Remembrance
  • Psalm 78: 14, 15, 17-19, 23-25
  • Tantum ergo Sacramentum
  • Ave Maria
  • I Woman
  • Swede Hollow, music and libretto by Ann Millikan[5]


  1. ^ "Ann E Millikan, Born 06/10/1963 in California". Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  2. ^ a b Ann Millikan, Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music 
  3. ^ Ann Millikan, Playback, Volume 14, Issues 2-4, 2007 
  4. ^ Lu, Julia (September 1, 2012). "Ann Millikan: On the Move". Archived from the original on 2013-11-14. 
  5. ^ Schouweiler, Susannah (4 June 2012), ‘Swede Hollow’ is the subject of a new opera and the site of its premiere