In addition to her love of collaboration, Anna Clyne is also deeply committed to music education. She served as the Director of the New York Youth Symphony's award-winning program for young composers, Making Score, from 2008-2010, where she also worked with Jon Deak at the New York Philharmonic's Young Composers Program.  

During her time as Mead Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2015, she directed and taught workshops for young composers at Chicago's Public Schools, the Merit School of Music, and incarcerated youth at a nearby Juvenile Detention Center through a project initiated by Riccardo Muti and developed in partnership with Storycatchers Theater. Through the Citizen Musician initiative, she has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and musicians of the Civic Orchestra, CSO and Chorus to realize the work of young poets, musicians and composers at such occasions as the Humanities Festival and the Youth in Music Festival.

She also worked with art-therapist Caroline Edasis to develop an exciting and innovative collaboration between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Learning Institute and Mather Pavilion Residential Nursing Home in Evanston. Working with residents in the memory care unit, they explored the intertwining of music, art and memory in the creation of new multidisciplinary works. Her fascination with the connection between music and memory stems from her experience of teaching at the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Clyne was invited as a guest composer and mentor for the 2011  Mizzou New Music Festival, with resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound  She has been Composer-in-Residence at the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Campos do Jodao International Music Festival in Brazil, and is currently Composer in Residence for the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has led seminars and master classes at many institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Conservatoire de Saint Maur, and the Institute of Musical Research at the University of London.  

I am particularly interested in working with people, of any age or background, who are curious to explore the exciting world of music composition, to assist in developing their kernels of ideas through harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation, orchestration and electronics. I view the mentor-student collaboration to be unique to each individual and I adjust my teaching perspective accordingly.
— Anna Clyne


Stemming from her love of collaboration with artists from all fields, Anna Clyne is a keen curator - this has been central to the development of the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series, which has been transformed by Anna Clyne and Mason Bates. She recently served as an Associate Curator with Derek Bermel, Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra for their 2015 SONiC Festival - a 9-day festival of music by over 80 composers under the age of 40, presented at venues throughout New York. She is also a curator for the Brooklyn based National Sawdust..