Ann Moss



Soprano Ann Moss is an ardent and acclaimed champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of American 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 and Aaron Jay Kernis, Ann seeks out and performs music by emerging voices at forums and festivals across the USA. Highlights of the 2016-2017 concert season include a recital tour of Texas with pianist Cheryl Cellon-Lindquist, the World Premiere of A Line Becomes A Circle (2016) by Miya Masaoka, the World Premiere of Finite Differences (2016) for soprano and string quartet composed for Moss and the Hausmann Quartet by Kenneth D. Froelich (libretto: John Grimmett), and the World Premiere of Down the Deep Stair (2016) for soprano and string quartet by Jared Redmond with the Lydian Quartet. A co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has been personally responsible for the creation and premiere of over eighty-five 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, the Ives, Alexander, 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 schools including MIT, UC Davis, Longy School of Music of Bard College, NYU Tisch School For The Arts, Sacramento State University and CSU Los Angeles. Her 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). Ann Moss has recorded on PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Navona Records and Jaded Ibis Productions labels.