As a proactive, communicative, and compassionate singer from Buffalo, New York, Annie has resided, taught, and performed in Cincinnati for the past eight years. She is an advocate for differentiated music training and passionately believes that singing should be an integral part of every person’s life.
DMA Candidate - UC-CCM
M. M. in voice, UC-CCM
B. M. voice, UC-CCM
Currently, Annie is completing the final year of her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). For the past two years, Annie taught private lessons to Freshman Musical Theatre majors at CCM, elective voice lessons for non-major CCM students, and Group Voice Class for UC students. For school year 2019-2020, Annie is looking forward to beginning her Adjunct position at CCM, teaching a course on Disney Musicals.
Annie teaches students of all ages, covering many genres such as musical theatre, opera, jazz, and pop. Every lesson will be structured around each student’s personal needs and goals; covering vocal technique, performance practice, musicianship, artistic expression, foreign language diction, and a healthy development of one’s vocal identity. Annie is kindhearted, with an awareness and understanding of different life experiences shaping a student’s development. Annie provides a welcoming and encouraging space for learning and growth.
Besides Annie’s many years of teaching experience, Annie is an active performer throughout the Tri-state area and New York. As an Operatic Soprano, she has recently performed the role of Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa’s challenging opera Transformations, the Bride in Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces, the Blue-Jay in Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, the title role in Handel’s Alcina, and La Princesse in Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. Annie is an avid recitalist performing art songs ranging from early baroque to new music premieres. Her husband, composer and drummer Matt McAllister, frequently writes new compositions for Annie to premiere in recital. Outside of opera and art song, Annie dearly loves Jazz and Musical Theatre, attending and performing both styles frequently.
Annie is an Artist in Residence at the Twin Towers Retirement Community in College Hill, where she performs monthly recitals for the Residents as part of an inter-generational exchange. At Twin Towers, Annie has developed relationships with the Residents, encouraging music in their lives and promoting a youthful livestyle. Annie feels so honored to be a part of this community and is thankful to have learned about life through the eyes of many generations.
Annie is so pleased to join the Cincinnati Music Academy and is really looking forward to all of the musical experiences ahead at CMA!
“To sing is an expression of your being, a being which is becoming.” -Maria Callas