Pianist Ann Schaefer is a passionate performer, scholar, and pedagogue whose career exemplifies a dedication to collaborative music-making at the highest level. Schaefer joined the music faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the fall of 2021. From 2018-2021, Schaefer was the artistic director of Boston Art Song Society, an organization committed to producing intimate concert experiences that highlight the expressive power of the marriage of poetry and music.
In residence at the Banff Centre, Schaefer performed the clarinet trio repertoire of Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart. She was a collaborative piano fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where she was featured in the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. She has also performed at the DiMenna Center in New York in collaboration with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, at the Kennedy Center, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she returned for her third season as orchestral keyboard fellow. In Aspen, Schaefer performed Vitali’s Chaconne and selections from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with violinist Sarah Chang and was featured as a soloist with the Aspen Chamber Symphony in a performance of Richard Strauss’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme. As an orchestral keyboardist, she has worked with conductors Robert Spano, Vasily Petrenko, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, David Robertson, Bramwell Tovey, Ludovic Morlot, Markus Stenz, and Cristian Măcelaru, among others.
Schaefer has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. In 2021, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. Her dissertation “The Evolution of Blur: A History of Early Piano Pedaling in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries” provides pianists and other curious musicians with an analytical framework for understanding undamped effects in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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