Meet Anna Vosbigian
2019 Citizen Musician Fellow
The program for our 2019 Citizen Musician concert was selected by our 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow, Anna Vosbigian, to complete the “Year of the Woman” season with a selection of works by female composers throughout history.
Anna collaborated with Maestro Izcaray and AYS staff to plan and program this year’s Citizen Musician Concert. This is the second year for this project — inspired and supported by a program Yo-Yo Ma developed at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — teaching leadership in the use of classical music to transform lives and build community. The aim is to bridge the gap between high art and community art, and in the words of Yo-Yo Ma “transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”
Anna Vosbigian graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Music and International Studies. She currently teaches privately and conducts the orchestra and band at New West Charter Middle School. While at Northwestern, she studied with Almita Vamos and Shmuel Ashkenasi and was previously a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn scholarship as a student of Danielle Belen. After graduating, she was part of a piano quintet for Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line cruises in Alaska. As a winner of the Young Stars of the Future, she soloed with the South Coast Symphony and has also soloed with Symphony Irvine and the Luzerne Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the American Youth Symphony since high school, was concertmaster of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra and has also performed with the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra. With a strong interest in giving back to the community, she enjoys performing at retirement centers and while at Northwestern, volunteered regularly with Music Matters, an organization that brings musicians to the hospital to perform for long-term patients. In addition to classical violin, she has studied Irish fiddling, performs in a post-modern trio and plays viola and piano.
“Being an AYS fellow has been an immensely rewarding experience, as I learned to curate a full concert and journeyed through the history of female composers and their chamber music. This program spans almost a century, showcasing the diverse capabilities of string instruments – from melancholy to fierce to joyful – and displaying the virtuosity of the AYS musicians.” – Anna Vosbigian