Party Teen #1

Program Notes
I wrote Party Teen #1 in confrontation with expectations of feminine emotionality in music. In this piece, I use the sounds of a screaming woman to explore how the acousmatic voice can separate not only sound and body, but also sound and emotion. Screaming is usually unpremeditated and can express fear, pain, excitement, or surprise. When voluntary, screaming can be used as a form of explosive liberation and power.

Biographical Sketch
Kittie Cooper is a composer, performer, and educator based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She makes art that incorporates feminism and explores the spectrum between silliness and seriousness. Her work has been called "highly original and wonderfully fun". She is interested in text and graphic scores, improvisation, and DIY electronic instruments. 

During the year, Kittie teaches English and Language Arts at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. She holds a Bachelor in Music from Northwestern University in music education and classical guitar performance, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in special education at James Madison University. In her spare time, she enjoys taking care of the stray cats in her neighborhood.