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 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. 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 2018-2019 concert season include the role of Della in David Conte’s The Gift of the Magi with Solo Opera, a concert in tribute to beloved singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on the occasion of her 75th birthday, world premieres by Ursula Kwong-Brown, Feona Lee Jones and Allen Shearer with Composers, Inc., and a residency at Baldwin-Wallace University in conjunction with Cleveland Opera Theater’s {NOW} New Opera Works Festival. She performs two works composed for her: California Romances, by Nancy Bachmann, and Lament: III, by Garrett Shatzer on bespoke poetry of Sandra Alcosser, and makes appearances with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, UC Berkeley Symphony, The Joshua Trio, and in recital with guitarist David Tanenbaum.

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. Recording projects in the 2017-18 season include Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte (Arsis Audio 2018), Nordwell & Moss: Song Cycles of Vartan Aghababian with pianist Hillary Nordwell (ASR 2018), Vocal Chamber Music of Nancy Bachmann (label tba, 2019) and Autumn Winds: Music of Kirk O'Riordan with pianist Holly Roadfeldt and violist Peter Dutilly (PARMA, 2019).

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

Moss has delivered significant premiere performances across the United States in recent seasons, including: world premieres of Gaman (2018) by Christophe Chagnard and Wilderness Mute (2017) by Keiko Fujiie for Seattle-based Music of Remembrance; the world premiere of Madrigals for the Seasons (2018) composed for Moss by David Conte; the world premiere of Hard Stones (2018) composed for Moss by Griffin Candey to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing; the world premiere and east coast premiere of A Line Becomes a Circle (2016) by Miya Masaoka; the world premiere of Finite Difference (2016) composed for Moss by Kenneth Froelich; the 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; 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; as well as numerous works composed for her by composers including Amadeus Regucera, Miriam Miller, Jared Redmond 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 one hundred art songs, works of vocal chamber music and operatic roles, from composers including Kenneth Froelich, Heather Gilligan, Kurt Erickson, Miya Masaoka, 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 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.

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), 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, 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 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 2018-2019 concert season include the role of Della in David Conte’s The Gift of the Magi with Solo Opera, a concert in tribute to beloved singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell on the occasion of her 75th birthday, world premieres by Ursula Kwong-Brown, Feona Lee Jones and Allen Shearer with Composers, Inc., and a residency at Baldwin-Wallace University in conjunction with Cleveland Opera Theater’s {NOW} New Opera Works Festival. She performs two works composed for her: California Romances, by Nancy Bachmann, and Lament: III, by Garrett Shatzer on bespoke poetry of Sandra Alcosser, and makes appearances with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, UC Berkeley Symphony, The Joshua Trio, and in recital with guitarist David Tanenbaum. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over one hundred art songs, vocal chamber music and operatic works, and has been a featured soloist with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, SF Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Eco Ensemble, Music of Remembrance, 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 Moores School of Music, University of Texas Pan American, 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 releases from PARMA, Naxos, Arsis, 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 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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