Ms. Wilkening has developed outreach programs for the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and the Strings Music Festival, and has taught at the Rivers School and Campbell Music School. Recently, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded Ms. Wilkening a grant to organize concerts and outreach on the Outer Cape and Nantucket.
As a musicologist, Anya Wilkening is interested in how music helps us contextualize eras and cultures. Research interests include medieval vernacular and pious song, religious drama, and gender in music. In 2015, she was awarded the First Prize for Undergraduate students in the Fondren Library Research Awards in recognition of her research on the Magdalenian identity in fifteenth century German Passion plays. Recently, she presented her thesis exploring the contrafacta of Gautier de Coinci at the Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Rice University. As the Arts & Culture assistant at Houston Public Media, she writes and produces a weekly show, Music in the Making, web articles, and interviews focusing on the local arts scene.