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Praised for “beautifully pure floated high notes,” “luminous tone” and “powerful expression,” soprano Ann Moss enjoys an active career in chamber music, opera, oratorio and recital performance. Recognized as a champion of contemporary vocal music, Moss takes immense pleasure in the construction of first performances. She has collaborated with acclaimed composers Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Eric Sawyer, and Wayne Peterson, as well as with emerging artists Liam Wade, Heather Gilligan, Vartan Aghababian, Weslie Brown, Miriam Miller, Matthey O'Malley, Jacob Bertrand, Ruth Huber, and Joowan Kim.
Ann is co-founder and Artistic Director of CMASH, a new-music repertory group dedicated to fostering and sustaining long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers. She is also co-founder and member of One Art Ensemble, a chamber group highlighting new and historic works for soprano, viola and piano. She served on the 2008 faculty at CSU Summer Arts' Composer/Performer Collaboration Workshop at CSU Fresno, and has delivered lectures on composition for the solo voice at MIT, University of Texas Pan America, and California State University Los Angeles.
Moss has performed contemporary repertoire with Earplay, New Music Works, the Ives String Quartet, Composers in Red Sneakers, at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music, SF Song Festival, Other Minds Festival, Switchboard Music Festival, CNMAT, and in countless recitals of contemporary art song.
Recent performances of standard repertoire include Schubert’s "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" with SF Symphony clarinetist Carey Bell, Ravel's "L'enfant et les sortilèges" (Fire, Princess, Nightingale) with Berkeley Opera, Schubert’s "Mass in G" with American Bach Soloists conductor Jeffrey Thomas, Mozart’s "Magic Flute" (Queen of the Night) with Marin Symphony, Haydn’s "Paukenmesse" with Oakland Symphony Chorus, Kuhnau’s "Magnificat" and Zelenka’s "Requiem" with Chora Nova, Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes" with pianist Paul Hersh & Friends, Handel's "Dixit Dominus" and Scarlatti's "Misse de S. Cecilia" with Bay Area Choral Guild. Ms. Moss holds graduate degrees from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Longy School of Music. Born in Lincoln, MA, she currently resides and teaches in the SF Bay Area.
Ann holds a special interest in song recital design and performance. She has won three first place titles in the San Francisco American Art Song Competition, first place in two divisions of the California NATS Singing Festival, was a district finalist in the California NATS Artists Awards Competition, and a regional finalist in the New England NATSAA Competition. In 2003, she co-founded Boston Art Song Collective (BASC), which continues to showcase innovative concert programming for diverse audiences. She attended the internationally renowned Songfest program for two consecutive years.
She has performed in Master Classes with esteemed artists including Jose Van Dam, Nathan Gunn, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Craig Smith, and Barbara Kilduff. Her teachers include Sheri Greenawald, Wendy Hillhouse, Anna Gabriali and Rodney Gisick; she has received coaching from Steven Bailey, Brian Moll, Paul Hersh, Wayman Chen, Brenda Miller, and Tim Bach, among others.
Ann is a Reiki practitioner and studies Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Engagements in the 2007-08 season included the premiere of Pulitzer winner Wayne Peterson's "Freedom and Love" for Soprano and Percussion with Earplay, an encore performance at the Sacramento Festival of New Music, and a presentation of Pulitzer winner Aaron Jay Kernis' song cycle "Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby" with Axel Strauss, David Tannenbaum, and the composer at the piano. In February, Ann presented New American Chamber Music for soprano, string quartet, harp and piano. The program featured the Yeager String Quartet, harpist Kristal Schwartz, and pianist Steve Bailey. In March, she performed Samuel Barber's "3 Songs" (1974) and solos in John Rutter's Requiem with pianist and conductor Martin Morley, two recent compositions of Dieter Schnebel at Other Minds Festival 13, and Erik Jekabson's "A Step Away From Them" at the Switchboard Music Festival. April found her taking a step back in time to perform Schubert's penultimate art song, "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" with San Francisco Symphony oboist Carey Bell and TRIAD pianist Bryndon Hassman at Noe Valley Chamber Music. In May she joined Berkeley Opera to sing the roles of Fire, Princess and Nightingale in a production of Ravel's 1925 opera, "L'enfant et les sortilèges." In June she teamed up with guitarist Richard Savino at Boston's Jordan Hall for the opening night of Boston Guitarfest, featuring Baroque music of Spain and South America.
Projects in 2006-07 season included the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s "Itasca," a work combining music, electronics, movement and spoken word, at UC Berkeley’s CMNAT; three concerts of new vocal chamber music in collaboration with the Ives String Quartet and Mockingbird Vocal Quartet; SF Song Festival's Hook Line and Singer II program; and a program of new music for voices and jazz ensemble with the Eric Jekabson Vista Nonet. Ann was also privileged to perform John Thow's song cycle "On Love" at a memorial concert commemorating the life and works of the composer.
One Art Ensemble
CMASH New American Chamber Music 5
Ann Moss and Steven Bailey with the Hausmann String Quartet