Karissa Krenz Appointed New Editor of Chamber Music Magazine

Karissa Krenz
Karissa Krenz
photo by Melissa Richard

Margaret M. Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karissa Krenz as Editor of Chamber Music magazine, the award-winning bi-monthly magazine published by Chamber Music America. “It is always a sign of an organization’s strength to promote from within. We are delighted to support Ms. Krenz as she grows into her new position,” said Ms. Lioi.

Karissa Krenz replaces Johanna B. Keller, who was Editor for the past three years. Formerly the Associate Editor of Chamber Music magazine, Ms. Krenz has written for a number of publications including Stagebill, Gramophone Explorations 4, and NewMusicBox. Ms. Krenz holds a degree in music history from Bucknell and studied music composition at Bucknell and Wesleyan Universities.

“I’m delighted to be following in the footsteps of Johanna Keller. I look forward to working with my colleagues at CMA to uphold the magazine’s high standards while continuing to push the limits and educate the cultural community about the expanding art form of chamber music.”

Ms. Krenz said in an interview that she hopes to be able to focus increasingly on “hard-hitting issues that are important to the industry, to the chamber music field, and to CMA’s members. [I want to print] things that will get our readers to respond, that will create a dialogue. That may take a while with a bi-monthly.”

Ms. Krenz received a bachelor’s degree in music history from Bucknell University, where she studied composition with Kyle Gann and William Duckworth. She has also studied with Alvin Lucier and Meredith Monk. Given her background as a composer, she is naturally eager to continue Chamber Music’s coverage of issues relating to new music. “So many composers write chamber music because it is affordable to write,” she commented. Chamber Music runs regular features on new music and on jazz by Kyle Gann and Gene Santoro, respectively. She hopes to augment information on composers with more information on ensembles who play new music.

CMA, the national service organization for professional chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to support the creation and performance of ensemble music across the country. With a membership of more than 10,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists, managers, educators, institutions, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes and represents a wide range of musical styles and ensemble formations. In addition to an annual conference, CMA provides its members with consulting services, health and instrument insurance, grant programs, and several publications including the bi-monthly magazine, Chamber Music, and website, www.chamber-music.org.