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Quinn Patrick Ankrum

Quinn Patrick AnkrumThe American mezzo soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum regularly receives acclaim for the sweet purity and strength of a lyric voice enhanced by a sizzling coloratura facility and combined with an engagingly sincere personality in a wide variety of repertoire spanning the centuries from Claudio Monteverdi to John Harbison. 

During the last several concert seasons, Dr. Ankrum has joined the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (May 2013)and Handel's Messiah (December 2013), the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for another Messiah (December 2013), the National Orchestra of Mexico for Bach's Mass in b Minor (June 1012), and the Winter Park Bach Festival for Magnificat (February 2012).  She made her debuts with the Dallas Opera and the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2011.  In past seasons she has performed around the United States, including at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.  Also a proponent of contemporary music, Dr. Ankrum has recently given chamber recitals of new music at the University of Oklahoma at Norman (March 2013), and at Texas Tech University's New Music Festival (April 2013).  She premiered John Harbison's latest chamber work Crossroads at Texas Tech University last September.  2014 takes her to the recital, concert, and chamber music stages as she collaborates with musicians and orchestras in Missouri, New York, Florida, Kansas, and Oban, Scotland.

In addition to being involved in the world of music as a singing artist, Dr. Ankrum is also active in the academic world as a voice teacher, masterclass clinician, event organizer, and conference presenter.  She has served on the voice faculties of SUNY Fredonia and Nazareth College, and is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Texas Tech University.  Last October (2013) she helped carry a national Britten Symposium at Texas Tech University to successful completion (Benjamin Britten:  A Century of Inspiration), and presented a lecture recital on John Harbison's Mirabai Songs at the Texoma Regional NATS Conference in November.  She will co-present a session on American Art Song at the National NATS Conference this July, and has been invited to teach at the Saarburg Festival  (Germany) next summer.  As a voice teacher, she combines her artistic craft and knowledge of the stage with a singing technique founded in the principles of Alexander Technique and Body Mapping, in conjunction with the pedagogy of Richard Miller.  She is currently a Licensed Andover Educator trainee. 

A native of Texas, Dr. Ankrum received Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees at Trinity University in San Antonio and a Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, followed by participation in the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program and the Baltimore Opera Studio.  She participated in the NATS Intern program in 2004, and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2010.  She was the third place Winner in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition in 2007, a National Finalist and second place Winner in the 2006 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards Competition, a Metropolitan Opera Auditions Regional Finalist in 1998 and 1999 where she won Violette J. McCarthy and Spencer Foundation Awards, a Finalist in the 1998 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and a Finalist in the 1997 National Society of Arts and Letters Voice Competition.  In 2012, Dr. Ankrum was awarded the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society/Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Recognition Award at Texas Tech University, and has been nominated to receive the Hemphill Wells New Faculty Teaching Award.  She resides with her family in Lubbock, Texas.


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