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Dr. Anna Hamre
Anna Hamre serves as Artistic Director of the Fresno Community Chorus, where she conducts the Master Chorale and Coro Piccolo. These choirs frequently collaborate with other area musical ensembles, especially the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr. Hamre took over the Fresno Community Chorus in 2002. With the collaborative leadership of an active board, the large ensemble Master Chorale has become the premier symphonic chorus in the Fresno area. In the past two years, three separate performances of the Master Chorale have been included by the Fresno Bee in “Top Cultural Arts Events” in the Fresno. Growth in the organization is further reflected in the development of the chamber ensemble Coro Piccolo, which recorded for KNXT in 2015. An ensemble of treble voices recorded a CD with international star Isabel Bayrakdarian, which is scheduled for release in fall of 2016. Fresno Community Chorus is launching a new classical choir, Coro Solare, in September 2016.
In demand as a conductor, adjudicator, presenter, and clinician, Dr. Hamre has accumulated hundreds of guest engagements, mostly occurring during her 17-year tenure as Director of Choral Activities at Fresno State. She has conducted at Carnegie Hall twice on the MidAmerica series. Her sessions for various choral-conducting and music-education organizations have occurred at the local, state, and national levels. Her articles have appeared in state and regional music magazines, plus the International Choral Bulletin, The Choral Journal, and Spotlight on Teaching Chorus. Her extensive experience conducting choirs in school, church, and community settings has given her the opportunity to conduct numerous new works such as Joungmin Sur’s “Like Streams We Gather,” Anna DeFoe’s “A God and Yet a Man,” Bradley Nelson’s “This Central Garden,” and the American premiere of Philip Wilby’s reconstruction of Mozart’s Mass in C.
Now retired as Director of Choral Activities, Professor Emerita Hamre continues her work, which has taken her beyond the United States to Mexico, China, Italy, Austria, England, and Greece. She will be conducting a choral ensemble on tour to France and Spain in June 2017.
Recent honors include the Fresno Arts Council Horizon Artist Award (2007), the California Association for Music Education (CMEA) President’s Award (2013), the CMEA Choral Conductor Award (2006), the CMEA Central Section College/University Music Educator Award (2006), Fresno County Office of Education Roy Klassen Award for Excellence in Choral Music Education (2015), 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), a music literacy method in use in every state plus the District of Columbia, Guam, British Columbia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. The Weekly Sight-Singer: An Abbreviated and Accelerated Method, was released in the summer 2011.
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. Before moving to California in 1999, Dr. Hamre worked in public schools, churches, and community ensembles in Colorado.
After holding numerous positions on local, state, and national boards, Dr. Hamre currently serves as President of the American Choral Directors Association, Western Division. She is also a member of the Community Advisory Council for Valley Public Radio in Fresno.
Contact director Dr. Anna Hamre by e-mail at email@example.com.
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