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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
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,
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.