Join Kiersten as she talks about her journey to becoming a composer and gain insight into the compositional process.

Listen to some of Kiersten’s works in preparation for her lecture.


Abigail Raiford, Soprano
Abigail Gschwend Harris, Piano

The first movement, “Idols,” is inspired by Jean Calvin’s quote: “The human heart is a factory of idols. Every one of us is, from his mother’s womb, expert in inventing idols.” It was also largely influenced by Glasser’s album Interiors (particularly her track “Shape”).

The second movement, “Figure I,” was inspired by the below sculpture by Brazilian artist Henrique Oliviera and loosely based on the words of St. Paul in Romans 17:15: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”


Written in 2015 for a collaboration between TU composers and the Gilcrease Museum. Scored for violin, viola, two sopranos, tam-tam, suspended symbol, beer bottles, and six wineglasses: