January, 2015 – Ann will sing with SFCMP ensemble members and SF Conservatory students on our January 31 Steve Reich Drumming concert. Meet this exciting Bay Area artist.
Soprano Ann Moss is an ardent and acclaimed champion of contemporary vocal music whose silvery, flexible voice has been singled out for “beautifully pure floated high notes” (Opera News) and “powerful expression” (SF Classical Voice). In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Wayne Peterson, Ann seeks out and performs works by new and emerging voices at forums, festivals and concert series across the USA.
Her debut albumCURRENTS (Angels Share Records, 2013), recorded and produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, features some of the extraordinary new and recent American vocal/chamber music Ann has championed over the past decade. Ann Moss has premiered new works with Earplay, Eco Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Ives, Alexander and Hausmann String Quartets, Sanford Dole Ensemble, New Music Works, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Composers in Red Sneakers, M2B, One Art Ensemble, at FENAM, Fresno New Music, PARMA Festival, SF Song Festival, Other Minds Festival, Switchboard Festival, Sonic Harvest, CNMAT, and in frequent recitals of contemporary art song around the United States.
As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, she has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over seventy art songs, operatic roles and works of vocal chamber music. In the 2014-15 season she premieres new works composed specifically for her by Sam Nichols, Liam Wade and Vartan Aghababian. During the 2013-14 season she delivered the west coast premiere of Le temps l’horloge for Soprano and Orchestra(2007) by Henri Dutilleux, and gave world premieres of works by Amadeus Regucera, Jared Redmond and Sunny Knable among others.
She is currently in collaboration with UC Berkeley Music Department Chair Cindy Cox on a new piece for soprano, piano, and keyboard sampler created using recordings of her own singing and vocal extended techniques; co-commissions with the Hausmann Quartet of new works for soprano and string quartet from CSU Fresno Professor Kenneth Froelich and Bay Area composer Garrett Shatzer, respectively; a co-commission with One Art Ensemble of a song cycle on texts by Emily Dickinson from Boston-area composer Vartan Aghababian; and a co-commission with San Francisco Opera cellist Emil Milland and San Francisco Conservatory pianist Steven Bailey of Full Fathom Five, a chamber song cycle by Bay Area composer Liam Wade on poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
She returns to Skywalker Sound in summer 2015 to record Wade’s cycle along with songs of Jake Heggie, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan for her second full-length album slated for release in November, 2015.
Ann served on the 2008 & 2011 faculty at CSU Summer Arts’ Composer/Performer Collaboration Workshop and has delivered lectures on vocal composition at MIT, UC Davis, Longy School of Music of Bard College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento State University, CSU Los Angeles, UT Pan America and Cosumnes River College. She has recorded on PARMA, Naxos, and Jaded Ibis Productions labels.
A native of Boston and a graduate of the Longy School of Music of Bard College and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann currently resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.