Composer and author Kristine H. Burns is Director of Music Technology at the Florida International University School of Music in Miami. She has previously served on the faculties of both Dartmouth College and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. As the owner and editor of WOW/EM, Women On the Web/ElectronMedia (http://music.dartmouth.edu/~wowem), she has created an award-winning educational web site for young women interested in creative digital media, as well as science, math, and computers.
Recently, Burns' Cricketina, an opera for children, premiered in November 2003 with the FIU Opera Theater, under the direction of Professor Robert Dundas. Lynne Barrett wrote the libretto, based on an original short story.
Burns' scores and recordings are published and distributed by Tuba-Euphonium Press, Frogpeak Music, and Seeland Records. Her book Women and Music in the US Since 1900: an Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2002) was "Enthusiastically recommended for large public libraries and music libraries." because "no other source so comprehensively covers American women and music simultaneously." (Library Journal)
She is a member of the College Music Society (CMS), International Computer Music Association (ICMA), the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), for which she served as President from 2001-2003 and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), for which she currently serves as the Editor of Journal SEAMUS. Her music has been described as "offbeat," "humorous," and "striking." Often integrating digital audio and video in her compositions, Burns considers herself an intermedia artist. Her compositions have been performed throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including the 2003 International Festival of Women in Music (Seoul), the Third Practice Festival (Richmond, VA), the Florida Electro-Acoustic Music Festival (Gainesville), the Helsinki Museum of Art, the International Society of Bassists, the International Congress of Women in Music (Vienna), the FUTURA Festival (Drome, France), the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, and SEAMUS and SCI National Conferences.