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. 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.” 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. Her debut album Currents (Angels Share Records, 2013), produced and recorded by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, features a dream team of collaborators from the chamber, new music, and jazz communities performing some of the extraordinary new and recent American vocal/chamber music Ann has championed over the past decade. Moss returned to Skywalker in 2015 with pianists Steven Bailey and Jake Heggie, cellist Emil Miland, violinist Isaac Allen and GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer to record songs by Jake Heggie, Liam Wade, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan for her sophomore album, Love Life (Angels Share Records, 2016). She has also recorded on labels including PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Navona Records and Jaded Ibis Productions.

A Penchant for Premieres

Ann 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, 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, SF Song Festival, Other Minds Festival, Switchboard Music Festival, Sonic Harvest, CNMAT, and in recitals of contemporary art song across the United States.

 

Highlights of the 2017-2018 concert season include World Premieres of works by Keiko Fujiie and Christophe Chagnard for “Voices of Witness" with Seattle-based Music of Remembrance, the World Premiere of Songs for the Seasons by David Conte on poems of Emily Dickinson, a residency with the Rivers School Conservatory Composition Seminar, the World Premiere of Alcosser Song - Lament: Verse III (2017) for soprano and string quartet composed for Moss and the Hausmann Quartet by Garrett Shatzer, and soprano solos in Paul Ayres’s recently completed Messyah with Bay Area Choral Guild and the Redwood Symphony.

 

In recent seasons, Ann Moss collaborated with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble to perform Ghostfires (1983) by John Anthony Lennon, with UCBSO under conductor David Milnes for the west coast premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Leino Songs (2007), and enjoyed a week in residence at the Lou Harrison House in Joshua Tree, CA performing works by Harrison in honor of the composer’s 2017 centennial birthday. Additionally Moss delivered the West Coast Premiere of Le temps l’horloge for Soprano and Orchestra (2007) by Henri Dutilleux, the East and West Coast Premieres of Jake Heggie’s Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri (2014), World Premieres of A Line Becomes a Circle (2016) by Miya Masaoka and Regrets Only (2015) for soprano and cello by John Grimmett, and new works by composers including Amadeus Regucera, Jared Redmond, David Conte and Sam Nichols.

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 been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over ninety art songs, works of vocal chamber music and operatic roles, from composers such as Kenneth Froelich, Heather Gilligan, Kurt Erickson, Jared Redmond, Sanford Dole, Liam Wade, Miriam Miller, Vartan Aghababian, Weslie Brown, Garrett Shatzer, John Grimmett, Andrew McManus, Joshua Fishbein, Jessica Rugani, Sarah Wald, Allen Shearer, Carlos Gamboa, and Erik Jekabson. Moss served on the 2008 & 2011 faculty at CSU Summer Arts’ Composer/Performer Collaboration Workshop, and and 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 Morse School of Music, University of Texas Pan America, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, and CSU Los Angeles.

Musical Time Traveler

Equally sought after for her vibrant and affecting interpretations of masterworks from the oratorio and operatic literature, Ann Moss has recently been heard performing solos in Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major, Symphony No. 2 (The Resurrection) and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under David Milnes, Haydn Missa in Angustiis, Missa in tempore belli, Harmonimesse, and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with Oakland Symphony Chorus under Lynne Morrow, Handel Acis & Galatea with California Bach Society under Paul Flight, 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, 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, Poulenc Gloria, Mozart Requiem and Saint-Saens Requiem with OSLC under Martin Morley, and Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges (Fire, Princess, Nightingale) with Berkeley Opera under Jonathan Khuner. Other operatic roles include Nannetta, Blondchen, Despina and Dew Fairy.

 

A native of Boston and a graduate of the Longy School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann currently resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, 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. 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." In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Kaija Saariaho, David Conte and Aaron Jay Kernis, Ann seeks out and performs music by emerging voices at forums and festivals across the USA. Highlights of the 2017-2018 season include World Premieres of works by Keiko Fujiie and Christophe Chagnard for “Voices of Witness" with Seattle-based Music of Remembrance, the World Premiere of Songs for the Seasons by David Conte on poems of Emily Dickinson, a residency with the Rivers School Conservatory Composition Seminar, the World Premiere of Alcosser Song - Lament: Verse III (2017) for soprano and string quartet composed for Moss and the Hausmann Quartet by Garrett Shatzer, and soprano solos in Paul Ayres’s recently completed Messyah with Bay Area Choral Guild and Redwood Symphony. A co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over ninety art songs, works of vocal chamber music and operatic roles, and has been a featured soloist with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, SF Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Eco Ensemble, West Edge Opera, the Ives, Alexander, Lydian and Hausmann String Quartets, Composers in Red Sneakers, at FENAM, Other Minds Festival, Fresno New Music, PARMA and Switchboard Music Festival, among others. 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 Morse School of Music, University of Texas Pan America, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, and CSU Los Angeles. Moss’s debut album Currents (Angels Share Records, 2013), produced and recorded by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, features extraordinary new and recent American vocal/chamber music Ann has championed over the past decade. Moss returned to Skywalker in 2015 with pianists Steven Bailey and Jake Heggie, cellist Emil Miland, violinist Isaac Allen, and GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer to record songs by Heggie, Wade, Lennon/McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan for her sophomore album, Love Life (Angels Share Records, 2016). She can also be heard on PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Navona Records and Jaded Ibis Productions labels. A native of Boston and a graduate of Hampshire College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann Moss currently resides and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, violist Justin Ouellet. Ann is a Reiki practitioner, enthusiastic Yogi, and pursues a lifelong interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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