ANN MOSS soprano

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

LOVE LIFE ALBUM COMING 9/9/16

Collaboration

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Ann has this magic quality that somehow makes composers want to write for her, because not only does she perform their songs, she invests in them, physically, emotionally, personally.
— Jake Heggie, Composer

PODCASTs & INTERVIEWS

S2:E1 of 1 Track Podcast — Host Anthony Joseph Lanman asks composers and performers of new music: “If someone was interested in getting to know your music and you only had ONE track to play for them, what track would that be?” In S2:E1 we discuss FULL FATHOM FIVE by Liam Wade from my album Love Life.

 

Garrett Hope started The Portfolio Composer to help creative artists achieve their goals and thrive in their art form. Interviews serve as masterclasses on building a career and achieving success as a composer. In Episode 55, we discuss the importance of meeting deadlines and providing value through partnerships.

 

In the inaugural episode of exCHANGE, the official podcast of CMASH, John Grimmett speaks with me and Isaac Allen, of the Hausmann Quartet, about my debut album Currents.


The good fortune of having Ann Moss sing my compositions is like that of a violinist who has been given a Stradivarius to perform on.
— Liam Wade, Composer

CURRENT/RECENT PROJECTS
 

Hard Stones

A song cycle for soprano and piano by Griffin Candey on poems by Lisa DeSiro, composed to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The poetry of Hard Stones was written during the events of the bombing and subsequent manhunt. The cycle was initiated during a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in July, 2017 and completed in February of 2018.

WORLD PREMIERE: April 6, 2018 in Weston, MA with pianist Lois Shapiro
WEST COAST PREMIERE: April 15, 2018 in Oakland, CA with pianist Steven Bailey


MADRIGALS FOR THE SEASONS

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A song cycle for soprano and piano by David Conte with texts by Emily Dickinson, John Clare, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and William Blake.

WORLD PREMIERE: April 2, 2018 in San Francisco with pianist Steven Bailey
EAST COAST PREMIERE: April 6, 2018 in Weston, MA with pianist Lois Shapiro

"Though I am a long-time happy resident of California, I am a transplanted Midwesterner, so I have vivid memories of the sharp contrast of character that each season brings. These musical settings were inspired by these memories, which are sharper and more poignant when one lives in a climate without strongly demarcated seasons." —David Conte


alcosser song — Lament: Verse III

A song cycle for soprano and string quartet by Bay Area composer Garrett Shatzer with bespoke poetry by Sandra Alcosser, in collaboration with the Hausmann Quartet. Slated for premiere during the 2018-19 concert season in San Diego, CA.


Finite Differences

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A long-form narrative song cycle for soprano & string quartet based on the life and work of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Composed by Kenneth D. Froelich with libretto by John Grimmett for Ann Moss and the Hausmann Quartet.

WORLD PREMIERE: October 29, 2016 at California State University Fresno. A professional recording is anticipated.

OUR SHARED VISION is for this work to serve as a platform to raise awareness of the need for greater gender inclusivity in STEM subjects, and to support civic activism that advocates empowerment of women and girls through access to science education. For more information, program notes and sound examples see this link: FINITE DIFFERENCES


Ann’s innate sense of bringing music and text to life makes her a true master of her craft
— John Grimmett, Composer/Librettist/Poet

Regrets Only

A song cycle for soprano and cello by composer/librettist John Grimmett in collaboration with cellist Emil Miland.

WORLD PREMIERE: February 27, 2016 in Brisbane, CA. A professional recording is anticipated.

"One morning over breakfast, Ann and I found ourselves mulling on the myriad forms of written exchanges we circulate, preserve, or perhaps will ourselves to forget, over the course of a lifetime. How do we ever expect to capture human sentiment? REGRETS ONLY is a collection of ten vignettes that coalesce into a larger experience in an attempt to answer that question. I hope this cycle allows you, the listener, to laugh, to cry, to think, to stand in wonder at what it means to be human." —John Grimmett    

For additional information and a recording see this link: REGRETS ONLY


Down the Deep Stair

A monodrama for soprano and string quartet incorporating stage lighting and movement, based on the late theater and prose writings of Samuel Beckett, composed by Jared Redmond in collaboration with the Lydian Quartet. WORLD PREMIERE: May 7, 2017 at Brandeis University. To listen visit: DOWN THE DEEP STAIR


Jacob and Rachel

A full-scale oratorio for solo vocal quartet, chorus and orchestra by composer Miriam Miller with original Hebrew text from the Tanakh. Miriam has completed work on the composition. A demo recording was made of select movements in November 2016. The next stages involve securing grant funding and other resources to launch a full-scale professional performance.


I Shall Forget You Presently

A song cycle for soprano and piano on poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay by Michigan-based composer Griffin Candey.
Slated for premiere during the 2018-19 Season.


Dickinson Songs

A song cycle on texts of Emily Dickinson by Boston-based composer Vartan Aghababian, in collaboration with pianist Hillary Nordwell. Slated for premiere during the 2018-19 Season.


If freelance gigs are the bread and butter of my performance output, collaboration and co-commission projects are the meat of my artistic life. Creating new works, presenting innovative concert programs — THIS is what I’m in it for.
— Ann Moss, Collaboratrice & Muse
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