Elizabeth Anker

Elizabeth Anker
Jamaica Plain, MA
Choral/Vocal Music, Improvisation
Adult Day Care, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Independent Living, Library, Senior Center
I am an active performer and experienced teacher who loves working with older adults. Teaching experiences include academic and community singing classes for adults: 1. Created and taught voice classes and have kept them going after grants ran out (MetLife and Lifetime Arts at the United South End Settlements and local branch of the Boston Public Library). 2. Created classes in repertoire for advanced adult singers at Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music School for Continuing Education. 3. Conduct, play piano and instruct all levels of students in healthy singing Active performer with Mockingbird Trio (contralto, viola and piano doing 21st century chamber music written for us) Magnificat Baroque, (have recorded a 17th century nun's music) Contralto soloist: Handel's Messiah with Handel and Haydn Society at Boston's Symphony Hall, with Philharmonia Baroque in SF Bay Area; Many recordings and tours with Boston Camerata in American Roots and Shaker music Solo recitals, Gardner Museum, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, Longy School of Music. Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing; ASCAP
Everyone can sing and deserves to share their voice. I delight in seeing students build skills, gain confidence and make friends in my voice classes. My experience is that we can all improve in some way at all ages, whether it is in increased breath usage, vocal tone and range, confidence in sharing our stories, and more. Singers do well in groups and give each other confidence to try new things. In addition to teaching voice, I am excellent at teaching students to harmonize, improvise and write their own songs. I play piano and compose as well as sing. I was trained in Creative Aging workshops and have had senior singers in my private studio and voice classes for many years.