Mass of the Annunciation (2019)
musical setting for the Ordinary Form Mass
Stabat Mater Dolorosa (2018)
for solo voice & audiovisual processing
for string quartet & bass
In the crevices of hardship, beauty is found not only within this world, but surrounding, and sustaining it.
Beauty makes me, and I make it known.
Xanthe Kraft is a composer from Spokane, Washington writing music for and from Liturgical worship, specializing in vocal and string writing. Coming from a piano background grounded in improvisation, she was the Artist-in-Residence at St. Gertrude's Monastery in 2019 where she composed the Mass of the Annunciation, a work inspired by Gregorian Chant and Celtic influences. Xanthe attended the European American Musical Alliance’s Nadia Boulanger Institute for Composition in Paris as a 2017 fellow. In addition to directing and composing sacred works for Liturgical music, she composes narratives for strings and small ensembles depicting stories of the soul.
Xanthe received her Master of Arts degree in Digital Musics at Dartmouth College, completing both a compositional thesis entitled "Deintimat" and a written thesis on Bonaventure's Soul's Journey Into God and the metaphysics of music, advised by Michael Casey, Michelle Lou, and Ashley Fure. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth, majoring in Computer Science modified with Digital Arts, with a minor in Philosophy.
Her work has been performed by worldwide leading ensembles in New Music, including the Mivos Quartet, Sound Energy Trio, and Ensemble L'Itinéraire. Her compositions have been featured in Dartmouth’s New Music Festival, Dartmouth Digital Arts Exhibition, Winter Whingding, Spring Sing, Break-It-Down Boston, and at the Wheelock Conference.
Xanthe currently resides in Spokane, Washington.