Director of Choral Activities, California State University Fresno (USA)
In demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Anna Hamre’s work has taken her beyond the continental United States to Hawaii, Mexico, China, and Europe. She has guest-conducted twice at Carnegie Hall, and she is scheduled to conduct in Italy (June 2011) and England (June 2012).
At CSUF Dr. Hamre teaches undergraduate conducting and graduate conducting and literature, and she is responsible for the management of the choral program. She conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Community Chorus Master Chorale and Coro Piccolo, frequently collaborating with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. Her various positions have given her the opportunity to conduct numerous new works, including the American premiere of Philip Wilby’s 2004 reconstruction of Mozart’s Mass in C (Novello).
Dr. Hamre holds a BA degree in vocal and instrumental music education from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD; an MM degree in choral music from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley; and a DMA in choral literature and performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Recent honors include the Fresno Arts Council Horizon Artist Award (2007), the California Association for Music Education (CMEA) Choral Conductor Award (2006), the CMEA Central Section College/University Music Educator Award (2006), the Fresno-State College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Teaching Award (2003), the Fresno-Madera Counties Music Education Association Choral Educator Award (2003), and recognitions from Fresno-State music fraternities.
Dr. Hamre is the author of The High-School/University Sight-Singer (Masterworks Press of Olympia, WA), a music-literacy method in use in every state, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, British Columbia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. The first part of her new sight-singing method is scheduled to be released during 2010-11.
She has presented sessions for various choral-conducting and music-education organizations at local, state and national levels. Her articles have appeared in state music magazines plus the International Choral Bulletin, The Choral Journal, and Spotlight on Teaching Chorus. Her sabbatical project in Spring 2010 dealt with music and brain studies.