About Me


    I didn’t plan on singing. Strange things influence a child: a family mix of atheism, Judaism, Catholicism sent me on a journey that led through a monastery, back to art and music, and finally to a deep love of the Love known as “God,” who lent me a brilliant, gentle husband and son, and strengthened me for my husband’s long battle with cancer.  Again, divine help was needed for diagnosis and treatment, which gave us the miracle of 10 “extra” years with Ed...
    After an early monastic experience in New Mexico, I got a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where I also studied composition, conducting, and piano among other subjects; diction ( singing in many languages), gregorian chant, gospel, jazz, R&B, and music of other cultures. I sang original works by modern composers, sang with the N.E.C. Choir & Boston Symphony Orchestra, and began some opera roles, such as Elvira in a local production of Don Giovanni...
    Returning to New Mexico, I taught voice at the University of New Mexico while pursuing a Master’s degree. Here, music opportunities (many under my maiden-name “Anne Harris”) were available: light, modern, & classic opera, with debuts of modern works. One interesting modern role was “The Woman” from  “The Skin Drum,” by British composer Julian Grant. In English, this opera centered on the spiritual crisis of a woman cast out of her Native Village in Northern Canada and left to die in the Arctic. It won the National Opera Association’s chamber opera competition in 1988, and we performed it for the N.O.A.’s convention in New Mexico. Other roles included Yum Yum for an ACLOA performance of “The Mikado,” Fiordiligi in UNM Opera Theater’s “Cosi,” directed by Marillyn Tyler, and Laetitia in Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief,” for the Santa Fe Opera’s traveling group & “opera Day at the Ranch”- (back when the audience sat out under the sky). 
    Opera and “ modern art song” for UNM’s Composer’s Symposiums, “show tunes,” folk music, and even “country,” I’ve done. Yet my first musical love was (and is) Praise & Worship music. I have (finally) set out to perform some of my own compositions, going into print soon. To me, worship is the heart and soul of music, and some composers such as Bach and Handel- felt the same.
 
 Please stay tuned!

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