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Anna Lackaff (luh-kaff) is a music director and conductor,

voice instructor and coach, pianist and accompanist, and composer and arranger

who has worked in regional, Off-Broadway, and educational musical theatre,

as well as in other music venues, in and around New York City,

New England, California, and the Midwest. 

 

A band member (keyboardist) of Mannheim Steamroller, she spent the 

2015 holiday season performing at Universal Studios Orlando with Chip Davis. 

This season, she is touring with the Red Band: TOUR SCHEDULE

 

She has held music director and pianist/conductor positions

for musical theatre productions at theatres nationwide, including

New Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts,

Encore Musical Theatre CompanyPerformance Network Theatre,

 Des Moines OnstageDes Moines Playhouse, and many others.

 

Previously, she was the program Music Director and voice instructor

of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts Theatre Academy in Massachusetts;

resident Music Director of the Carousel Music Theatre in Maine;

and voice faculty and pianist for ballet and modern dance at

Minnesota State University Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance.

 

Since 2005, her original score for Rick Lombardo's stage adaptation

of A Christmas Carol, which intertwines new compositions with

28 traditional melodies, has been performed more than 300 times around

the country, acclaimed by the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, EDGE, 

San Jose Mercury News, Broadway World, and Portland Monthly, among others.

Its run includes many years at San Jose Repertory Theatre,

New Repertory Theatre, and Portland Playhouse.

 

In addition to music for the theatre, compositions and arrangements

include art songs; pop music; music for video shorts and public television;

and choral music, including her Ave Maria sung by The Western Wind.

More recently, she co-composed and arranged a handful of new songs for the

2014 Off-Broadway run of the musical comedy Thank You For Being a Friend.

 

Also a visual artist, she illustrated Pieces: Embroidered by Memory, a memoir

by Virginia Tufte (Graphics Press 2013), with more than 60 ink drawings.

 

A fifth-generation member of a Sandhills cattle-ranching family, 

she attended a two-room country grade school before graduating from

Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2003, where she studied classical voice.

She has since lived in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio,

Minnesota, and, as of 2013, Iowa, where she is adjunct at Drake University 

and lives with her husband, physicist and author Aaron Santos