Chapters of Creativity
with Wynn-Anne Rossi
Creative life is full of surprising twists and turns. It is driven by life experiences, bursts of inspiration, and plenty of mistakes. While sharing her own compositions, Wynn-Anne will take us on a journey through the chapters of her life as a composer. Listen to the story of her first publication, then learn about her latest obsession for international dance styles. Discover new music for your studio while learning core secrets for a vibrant creative life.
Wynn-Anne Rossi is a renowned composer with vibrant educational outreach. Her compositions have inspired audiences across the United States and around the world.
She has over 100 publications, primarily for piano, which are widely distributed online
and in music stores. Her repertoire also includes works for vocal and chamber groups, concert band and orchestra. Various commissions have been sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, Music Teachers National Association and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Wynn-Anne specializes in bringing the art of composition to every musician. She has been offering composition residencies throughout the country since 2003, inspiring thousands of students to write their own music. Partnerships have included the MUNDI Project (UT), Linda Luebke String Festival (IN), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN), and many more. Rossi has also written two comprehensive series which encourage young pianists to compose: Music by Me (FJH, with Kevin Olson) and most recently, Creative Composition Toolbox (Alfred). Her new video series, Wednesdays with Wynn-Anne, is now available for curious composers of all ages and levels.
Active as a presenter, Wynn-Anne is known for her innovative lectures, workshops and masterclasses. Her educational voice has moved beyond the borders of the United States to include Iceland, Sweden and Mali. She presents on a wide variety of subjects including American music, inspired by her two popular series, Musica Latina and Jazzin’ Americana.
Rossi was educated at the University of Colorado in theory and composition. Further training included choral conducting at Harvard University and jazz pedagogy through the University of Illinois. She has also studied under Pulitzer Prize recipient Aaron Jay Kernis.
What does Wynn-Anne do other than music? She loves to ice-skate or roller-blade, depending on the weather. She practices elementary juggling to inspire humility and often brainstorms while watching red-bellied woodpeckers at her bird feeder. Family members include her husband Greg, Alley the cat and her awesome son, Nick.