Anne McKennon
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Anne McKennon
  Flutist ~ Composer
Jacksonville, Florida

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Anne McKennon (b. 1969) is a freelance flutist and composer in Jacksonville, Florida.  She can be found playing anything from orchestral music to rock-n-roll and Irish jigs, tin whistle included.  As a performer and a composer, she has a special affinity for programmatic works that tell stories or paint pictures.  Her favorite ensemble is a duet: "The clarity of two voices can bring both simplicity and intricate complexity.  It is a fascinatingly malleable medium."

  McKennon's work has been featured by Jacksonville University, Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville, First Coast Pops Orchestra, Tualatin Valley Symphony, and the 2017 Australian Flute Festival.  Her flute quartet Flamingo! was released on the flute album Aviary in 2023.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of South Florida.  Her teachers include Dr. Jian-Jun He (composition), Les Roettges (flute), and Mary Ellen Potter (flute).  She continues to perform with the Jacksonville University Orchestra as an alumni member. 

Short Bio
Anne McKennon creates music fueled by imagination, dark chocolate, and pulling weeds.  Having built her career backwards, there's more than one way to do most things.  The world needs more whimsy.  And narrated musical stories.

Composer Statement
Mostly, I write the music I want to write.  I'm inspired by what's around me, especially nature and whimsy.  I believe in blooming where I'm planted and focusing on local musicians.  It is my sincere hope that people will buy my scores, love them, and play them.  If I'm lucky, my music will live beyond my own imagination.

Albums, Awards, & Honors
AlbumPenumbra (2023) by Robert Gross: Five Movements for Flute and Electronics (Performer: McKennon)
Aviary (2023) by Elizabeth Robinson includes Flamingo! (Composer: McKennon)
Flamingo! (Composer: McKennon) premiered at FFA & NFA Conventions 2023
Composer-in-Residence for the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville 2018-2019 season
Delius Composition Award - Jacksonville University 2016
Performance Video Playlist

Tools of the Trade

Aviary Album
Aviary Album

Penumbra Album
Educational Outreach Video Playlist
Collaboration with the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville

The educational outreach videos are short, educational videos on a variety of musical topics designed to appeal to different audience segments.  The topics are divided into sections: Orchestra Basics, Composition, Play Along, and Lesson Plans.  Orchestra Basics is designed for a general audience with basic information for newcomers.  Composition is for budding composers and musicians that want to learn more about the design of a piece.  Play Along videos target current and future orchestra players.  Lesson Plans are aimed at music education in schools paired with a lesson plan, though any viewer is welcome to participate.  Download Lesson Plans for Listening Maps

"...As I wandered through the airport, I heard the sound of your flute.  I distinctly heard the sound of Wonderful World.  Then I thought to myself, 'it is a wonderful world.'  Thank you for sharing your passion with the world.  Without entertainers, like yourself, this world would be a boring place.  Also, it was very nice hearing something not in the Top 40."  -Tim T. 2/27/12

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