Kevin Stalheim is founder and Artistic Director of Present Music. Committed to commissioning new work and supporting residencies, he has worked closely and extensively with many of the most important composers of our time. Through Stalheim’s considerable efforts, Present Music, currently celebrating 28 years, is now regarded as one of the foremost national organizations in the development and presentation of new music. Among Stalheim’s accolades and honours are the City of Milwaukee Arts Board’s 2002 Artist of the Year award, the Civic Music Association’s 2001 Distinguished Citizen Award and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s nod as 1989 Musician of the Year. Stalheim received his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH in 1976, and his Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981.