Violin II, Assistant Principal
Member Since 2017
Anna began piano lessons in Kindergarten and violin lessons in fourth grade. She soon found herself in every possible orchestra and ensemble, including school orchestra, chamber orchestra, quartets, and regional orchestras too. In eighth grade, she toured around the British Isles with Cincinnati Junior Strings. She mostly remembers a blur of cathedrals and castles, a homestay in Ireland, and having to wear a different t-shirt uniform every day. Also memorable: the concert uniform, which involved red suspenders and white tights.
In high school, there was a points system for orchestra. You could earn points for being in different ensembles, for attending concerts, and for earning awards at the state music festival each year. Anna, along with her best friend Lauren, amassed so many points that they broke the system and henceforth had a special awards category named after them for the special orchestra overachievers. The award still exists to this day.
Anna continued playing violin at Duke University. She was lucky enough to be in an incredible quartet her freshman year and played in the Duke Symphony Orchestra all four years. However, upon graduation, she put her violin away, and there it remained for over a decade, slowly falling apart just like her disintegrating skills. After several repairs to her violin and some rehabilitation of her abilities, Anna is excited (and only mildly terrified) to get back to playing violin. She's so thankful to have found a new home in OCO.
Anna is a wedding and portrait photographer and has owned her own business for eleven years. She loves traveling and has all sorts of creative hobbies. She compulsively documents everything and is always plotting her next adventure.