Anna Lackaff (luh-kAff)

is a music director and conductor,  

voice instructor and singer,  

pianist and accompanist, 

and composer and arranger,

serving regional, Off-Broadway, and educational musical theatre 

- as well as other music and performance venues - 



As keyboardist and band member of Mannheim Steamroller,

she tours the country for two months a year,

performing on harpsichord and synthesizer on the annual holiday tour.



Since 2005, her original score for Rick Lombardo's A Christmas Carol,

which intertwines new compositions with 28 traditional melodies,

has been performed more than 400 times,

acclaimed by the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Broadway World, 

San Jose Mercury News, EDGE, and Portland Monthly, among others.

Its run includes many years at San Jose Repertory Theatre and New Repertory Theatre

and it's currently in its seventh season at Portland Playhouse.


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

for the 2014 Off-Broadway run (and beyond) 

of the musical comedy Thank You For Being a Friend.

In addition to theatre music, Anna's 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.


She has been music director, conductor, and pianist for

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 Young Artists TheatreDes Moines Playhouse, and many others.


Anna was previously the program Music Director and voice instructor of

the Walnut Hill School for the Arts Theatre Academy, Massachusetts;

resident Music Director of Carousel Music Theatre, Maine;

and musical theatre voice faculty and dance pianist at

Minnesota State University Mankato, Department of Theatre and Dance.





Also a visual artist,

Anna illustrated Pieces: Embroidered by Memory

a memoir by Virginia James Tufte,

with more than 60 ink drawings (Graphics Press 2013).


Her artwork was featured on the cover of the

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

(JAMVA) in 2017.





Born in 1981,

Anna is a fifth-generation member of a 

Nebraska Sandhills cattle-ranching family,

where she attended a one-room country school

and took her first - and only, ever - piano lessons 

while growing up on the ranch.

She majored in classical voice performance 

and studied composition at Nebraska Wesleyan University,

graduating with high distinction in 2003.


Anna has since lived in 

New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan,  

Ohio, Minnesota, and, as of 2013, Iowa, 

where she is adjunct faculty at Drake University 

and lives with her husband, physicist and author Dr. Aaron Santos