ANN MOSS soprano

Acclaimed Recording Artist & Chamber Musician. Collaborator, Muse, Champion of Living Composers.

LOVE LIFE ALBUM COMING 9/9/16

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Moss is one of those artists with a Midas touch — the kind who can make anything in her orbit comply to her artistic vision.
— A Beast In a Jungle

COMPLETE Biography

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of living composers. Often described as a "fearless performer” of some of the most challenging music of our time, her high, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for “powerful expression” … “clear, silvery tones and passionate sweetness." Mike Telin of Cleveland Classical writes, her “long fluid lines are exquisite.” In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Kaija Saariaho, Aaron Jay Kernis and David Conte, Ann seeks out and performs works by new and emerging voices at forums, festivals and concert series across the USA. She has released two solo albums: Currents (Angels Share Records 2013) and Love Life (ASR 2016), both produced and recorded by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound. These feature premiere recordings of compositions by Jake Heggie, John Thow, Liam Wade and Vartan Aghababian, as well as songs by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Weslie Brown and Lennon/McCartney, with collaborators from the chamber, new music, and jazz communities including the Hausmann Quartet, cellist Emil Miland, pianists Karen Rosenak and Steven Bailey, flamenco guitarist Jeremías García, and GRAMMY® award winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer. She can also be heard on releases from labels including PARMA, Arsis Audio, Naxos, Albany, Navona Records and Jaded Ibis Productions.

Moss recently made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony singing the music of Gershwin under conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser. Highlights of the 2019-2020 concert season include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with UCBSO, concerts in tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on the occasion of her 76th birthday, a presentation at NOA's 65th Annual National Conference, Guest Artist Residencies at University of Texas San Antonio, San Diego State University, and Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory in conjunction with Cleveland Opera Theater’s {NOW} New Opera Works Festival, where she premieres House Songs, composed for her by Griffin Candey. Moss also makes solo appearances this season with San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Ninth Planet, in recitals with guitarist David Tanenbaum, and with pianists Cheryl Cellon Lindquist and Steven Bailey.

Widely known as a consummate recording artist, Ann Moss consistently delivers heartfelt and impeccable studio performances of living composers' music. She has worked with producers including Andreas Meyer, Leslie Ann Jones, Lolly Lewis, Andy Happel, Mark Lemaire, and Eric Sherbon. Recently released projects include Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte (Arsis Audio 2018) and Nordwell & Moss: Song Cycles of Vartan Aghababian with pianist Hillary Nordwell (ASR 2018). Forthcoming releases include Vocal Chamber Music of Nancy Bachmann (no label, 2020) and Autumn Winds: Music of Kirk O'Riordan with pianist Holly Roadfeldt and violist Peter Dutilly (PARMA, 2020). A complete discography is available HERE.

A Penchant for Premieres

Ann Moss has delivered significant premiere performances of new works across the United States, including the U.S. premiere of Jake Heggie’s orchestrated song cycle Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri (2014, arr. for orch. 2017); west coast premieres of Kaija Saariaho's Leino Songs (2007) and Henri Dutilleux's Le temps l’horloge for Soprano and Orchestra (2007) with UCBSO under conductor David Milnes; U.S. premiere of Sivan Eldar's You'll Drown Dear for solo voice and electronics; world premieres of Gaman (2018) by Christophe Chagnard and Wilderness Mute (2017) by Keiko Fujiie for Seattle-based Music of Remembrance; world premiere of Madrigals for the Seasons (2018) composed for Moss by David Conte; world premiere of Hard Stones (2018) composed for Moss by Griffin Candey to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing; world premiere and east coast premiere of A Line Becomes a Circle (2016) by Miya Masaoka; world premiere of Finite Difference (2016) composed for Moss by Kenneth Froelich; world premiere of Regrets Only (2015) for soprano and cello composed for Moss by John Grimmett; east and west coast premieres of Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri (2014) by Jake Heggie; as well as new works composed for her by composers including Amadeus Regucera, Miriam Miller, Vartan Aghababian, Jared Redmond and Sam Nichols.

Moss has been a featured soloist in premieres and performances of contemporary repertoire with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Eco Ensemble, Music of Remembrance, West Edge Opera, One Art Ensemble, M2B, New Music Works, San Francisco Lyric Opera, the Ives String Quartet, Alexander String Quartet, Hausmann Quartet, Lydian String Quartet, Sanford Dole Ensemble, New Music Works, Composers in Red Sneakers, at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music, Fresno New Music Festival, PARMA Festival, Hot Air Festival, Bear Valley Music Festival, SF Song Festival, Other Minds Festival, Switchboard Music Festival, Sonic Harvest, CNMAT, and in recitals of contemporary art song across the United States.

Fostering Collaborative Relationships

Ann Moss 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 has participated in the creation and premiere of over one hundred fifty art songs, works of vocal chamber music and operatic roles, from composers including Vartan Aghababian, Nancy Bachmann, Weslie Brown, Ursula Kwong-Brown, Griffin Candey, David Conte, Sanford Dole, Kurt Erickson, Joshua Fishbein, Kenneth Froelich, Carlos Gamboa, Heather Gilligan, John Grimmett, David Howell, Erik Jekabson, Feona Lee Jones, Miya Masaoka, Andrew McManus, Miriam Miller, Jared Redmond, Jessica Rugani, Garrett Shatzer, Allen Shearer, Liam Wade and Sarah Wald, among others. Moss served on the 2008 & 2011 faculty at CSU Summer Arts’ Composer/Performer Collaboration Workshop, spent a semester in residence with the Graduate Composition and Writing students at UC Davis, and has lectured about vocal composition at MIT, Longy School of Music of Bard College, NYU Tisch School For The Arts, University of Houston Moores School of Music, University of Texas Pan American, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, and CSU Los Angeles.

Moss has recently enjoyed a series of collaborative artistic residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, with pianist Holly Roadfeldt, violist Peter Dutilly, composers Kirk O'Riordan and Griffin Candey; and a week at the Lou Harrison House in Joshua Tree, CA for performances with the Joshua Trio during the composer's centennial birthday celebration.

Musical Time Traveler

Equally sought after for her vibrant interpretations of masterworks from the oratorio and operatic literature, Moss’s theatrical roles include Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Blondchen (Abduction from the Seraglio), Galatea (Acis & Galatea), Nanetta (Falstaff), Fire/Princess/Nightingale (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Waldvogel (Siegfried), and Dew Fairy (Hansel und Gretel). Moss has been a featured soloist in Mahler Symphonies No. 4 in G Major and No. 2 (The Resurrection), the orchestrated version of Alban Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder,  and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under David Milnes; Mozart K.505 "Ch'io mi scordi di te? ... Non temer, amato bene" with Orchestra Without Borders under Luca Antonucci, Haydn Missa in Angustiis, Missa in tempore belli, Harmonimesse, and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with Oakland Symphony Chorus under Lynne Morrow; Schubert Mass in G with UC Davis Symphony under Jeffrey Thomas; Mozart Magic Flute (Queen of the Night) with Marin Symphony under George Thomson; Kuhnau Magnificat & Zelenka Requiem with Chora Nova under Paul Flight; Mozart Vesperae solemnes de confessor K. 339, Missa Brevis (Coronation Mass) K. 317, Handel Dixit Dominus, and Scarlatti Misse de S. Cecilia with Bay Area Choral Guild under Sanford Dole; and Poulenc Gloria, Mozart Requiem and Saint-Saens Requiem with OSLC under Martin Morley.

A native of Boston and a graduate of Hampshire College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ann currently resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, jazz violinist / classical violist Justin Ouellet. She 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 Gabrieli and Rodney Gisick; coaches include Steven Bailey, Brian Moll, Paul Hersh and Wayman Chin. 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.

Moss’s voice is one of sheer beauty — I would listen to her all day, given the chance.
— John Marcher

SHORT Biography

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Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of living composers and chamber ensembles. Her high, silvery, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for “powerful expression” and "exquisite phrasing." Mike Telin of Cleveland Classical writes, her “long fluid lines are exquisite.” In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, Kaija Saariaho, John Harbison and Aaron Jay Kernis, Ann seeks out and performs music by emerging voices at forums and festivals across the USA. Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with UCBSO, concerts in tribute to singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on the occasion of her 76th birthday, a presentation at NOA's 65th Annual National Conference, Guest Artist Residencies at University of Texas San Antonio, San Diego State University, and Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory in conjunction with Cleveland Opera Theater’s {NOW} New Opera Works Festival, where she premieres House Songs, composed for her by Griffin Candey. Moss also makes solo appearances this season with San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Ninth Planet, and in recitals with guitarist David Tanenbaum and pianists Cheryl Cellon Lindquist and Steven Bailey. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Ann Moss has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of nearly one hundred fifty art songs, vocal chamber music and operatic works. She has been a featured soloist with San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Redwood Symphony, Orchestra Without Borders, UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra; West Edge Opera, Solo Opera, SF Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera; San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, Eco Ensemble, Composers in Red Sneakers, Composers, Inc., Music of Remembrance; the Ives, Alexander, Lydian and Hausmann String Quartets; at FENAM, Other Minds Festival, CNMAT, Fresno New Music Festival, PARMA, Hot Air Festival, Bear Valley Music Festival, and Switchboard Music Festival. Moss has released two solo albums, Currents (2013, Angels Share Records) and Love Life (2016, ASR), both produced by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound. Forthcoming commercial releases include Autumn Winds (2020, PARMA) and Chamber Music of Nancy Bachmann (2020, no label). She can also be heard on releases from Naxos, Arsis, Albany, Navona Records and Jaded Ibis Productions labels. Ann Moss has lectured about vocal composition at MIT, UC Davis, Longy School of Music of Bard College, NYU Tisch School For The Arts, University of Houston Moores School of Music, University of Texas Pan American, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, and CSU Los Angeles. A native of Boston and a graduate of Hampshire College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann Moss resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, jazz violinist / classical violist Justin Ouellet. Ann is a Reiki practitioner, enthusiastic Yogi, and pursues a lifelong interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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