Tanzania-born American living in Blountville, Tennessee, is a neo-classical composer, church musician and teacher whose extensive opus includes chamber, choral, art songs, and orchestral works; and has been heard from coast to coast and in Europe. She studied with Drs. Margarita Merriman, Barney Childs, and Kenneth Jacobs. She cofounded the Greater Tri-Cities Area Composers’ Consortium in 1995 and her music has been in every group production since. She received top honors in the 2002 Carton Savage international “I Wage Peace” project for her “Salaam, Frieden.” Three of her piano pieces were included in the GTCACC 2005 anthology, commissioned by the Appalachian Music Teachers’ Association and was AMTA 2005 Composer of the Year. She often is PR writer for GTCACC—including national press. Pursley-Kopitzke’s recent works include African Vignettes (2007)and Victoria Vignettes (2009, chamber ensemble); an Arts Build Communities Tennessee Arts Commission, Reflections (marimba, choir, organ); Festival (flute ensemble), and “Magnificat” (two sopranos, choir, piano); “May in the Greenwood,” (2009, choir and piano); “Adagio, Beyond the Silence,” (2010, Soprano and Chamber Orchestra).