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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,
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.
and it's currently in its sixth 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 and pianist-conductor for
productions at theatres nationwide, including New Repertory Theatre,
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
(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.
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.