Dr. Anne Jennifer Nash
Assistant Professor, Voice
Anne Jennifer Nash is heralded as an exceptional light-lyric soprano with an “uncommon beauty of expression and musicianship.” –Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times.
Upcoming engagements include the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, a recital and master class at Washington State University, Sister-Show Me Eternity, a multi-media touring collaboration between Skidmore College, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and Concordia College on the life of poet Emily Dickinson, the premier of René Clausen’s 2017 oratorio The Passion of Jesus Christ, and an appearance on the Loft Recital Series in Minneapolis, MN.
2014-2015 opera engagements included singing Laurie in The Tender Land with the Interlochen Arts Festival and Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. She has appeared with the Opera Philadelphia, Florentine Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera Saratoga, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Lancaster Opera, National Opera Company, and Bard SummerScape, among others, singing the roles of Susanna, Zerlina, Pamina, Despina, Nanetta, Adina, Armide, and Anne Trulove.
Recent orchestral performances include: Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Brahms’ Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Haydn's Creation, Grieg's Peer Gynt, and Poulenc’s Gloria. Recent recital venues include: Harris Hall in Aspen, Colorado, The Kennedy Center, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Middlebury College, Hope College, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Pepperdine University, with pianists Martin Katz, Nathan Salazar, Stephen Sulich, and Justin Snyder.
Her fellowships include: SongFest, AIMS, Centro Studi Italiani, Opera Saratoga, Chautauqua Opera, and a three-summer fellowship with the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theatre.
In 2011 Dr. Nash premiered “Donal Oge” at Pepperdine University, composed by Libby Larsen, and commissioned for Ms. Nash by SongFest and the Sorel Foundation. Her recording of the work with pianist Nathan Salazar can be found on “New American Song@SongFest” released June 2016. Upcoming recording projects include the world premier recording of composer Allen McCullough’s award winning song cycle The Blue Symphony, commissioned by the Lotte Lehman Foundation.
Dr. Nash recently presented master classes at the Washington State University, University of Idaho, University of Michigan, Hope College, and Dickinson College. 2016-2017 master class engagements include Washington State University, Skidmore College, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her students are frequent winners at NATS competitions and attend graduate schools across the US. She is a frequent adjudicator at competitions in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. In 2015, her studio teaching was nationally recognized by invitation to join the prestigious NATS Intern program.
Dr. Nash holds a DMA in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan where she was the Elise Choy Lee Scholar for Exceptional Merit, Commitment, and Promise. In 2012, she joined the voice faculty of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, as Assistant Professor where she has taught studio voice, diction, and opera scenes, and interdisciplinary classes with the German department.
Prior to completing her DMA Dr. Nash taught at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Pennsylvania. She holds MM and GPD degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, and BA degrees in Music and French literature from Dickinson College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Nash is also Artist-Faculty at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy.
When not teaching or performing Dr. Nash can be found either riding dressage on Swedish Warmbloods or volunteering at the local animal shelter.