Ann Moss is an ardent and acclaimed champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of American composers. Her high, silvery, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for its “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for its “powerful expression.” In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Eric Sawyer, Ivan Fedele, and Wayne Peterson, Ann seeks out and performs works by new and emerging voices at forums, festivals and concert series across the USA.She has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over fifty art songs, works of vocal chamber music and operatic roles, from composers such as Liam Wade, Kurt Erickson, Sanford Dole, Miriam Miller, Vartan Aghababian, Heather Gilligan, Weslie Brown, Matthew O’Malley, Ruth Huber, Allen Shearer, Kenneth Froelich, Garrett Shatzer, Carlos Gamboa, Joshua Fishbein, Jessica Rugani, Jacob Bertrand, and Erik Jekabson.
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 a founding member of One Art Ensemble, a chamber ensemble highlighting new and historic works for soprano, viola and piano. She served on the 2008 & 2011 faculty at CSU Summer Arts’ Composer/Performer Collaboration Workshop, and has delivered lectures on composition for the solo voice at MIT, University of Texas Pan America, Sacramento State University, California State University Los Angeles, and Cosumnes River College.
Ann has premiered contemporary repertoire with M2B, Earplay, Eco Ensemble,One Art Ensemble, New Music Works, San Francisco Lyric Opera, the Ives String Quartet, Alexander String Quartet, Hausmann String Quartet, Sanford Dole Ensemble, Composers in Red Sneakers, at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music, Fresno New Music Festival, SF Song Festival, Other Minds Festival, Switchboard Music Festival, Sonic Harvest, CNMAT, and in frequent recitals of contemporary art song. This season, she makes her debut at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall singing George Crumb’s Madrigals with the SF Symphony Chamber Players.
Ann is much sought after for her vibrant and affecting interpretations of masterworks from the oratorio and operatic literature. Recent performances of historic repertoire include Haydn Missa in Angustiis, Missa in tempore belli, Harmonimesse, and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with Oakland Symphony Chorus, Handel Acis & Galatea with California Bach Society, Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with Carey Bell & Bryndon Hassman, Schubert Mass in G with conductor Jeffrey Thomas, Mozart Magic Flute (Queen of the Night) with Marin Symphony, Schütz Kleine Geistliche Konzerte with Pacific Collegium, Kuhnau Magnificat & Zelenka Requiem with Chora Nova, Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with Paul Hersh & Friends, Handel Dixit Dominus & Scarlatti Misse de S. Cecilia with Bay Area Choral Guild, Mozart Requiem & Saint-Saens Requiem with OSLC, and Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges (Fire, Princess, Nightingale) with Berkeley Opera. Other operatic roles include Nannetta, Blondchen, Despina and Dew Fairy.
Ann holds a Post Graduate degree in Voice Performance (2005) from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance (2002) from Longy School of Music. Born in Lincoln, MA, Ann currently resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ann has participated 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. Private teachers include Sheri Greenawald, Wendy Hillhouse, Anna Gabriali and Rodney Gisick; coaches include Steven Bailey, Brian Moll, Paul Hersh, Wayman Chen, Brenda Miller, and Tim Bach. She attended the internationally renowned Songfest program for two summers.
Ann is a Reiki practitioner, enthusiastic Yogi, and pursues a lifelong interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine.