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Ann Cummings, pianist, artist

Ann Cummings, a pianist of dynamic energy and provocative, musical insight presents classical music to be seen as well as heard. Her theatrical concerts have included the smashing of mirrors, the blowing of bubbles, magic tricks, 12-tone sculptures, paintings, masks, and film animations. These visual elements of her concerts offer listeners a rich journey into "the deep end" of classical music. Cummings has been presenting her multimedia concerts formally known as Inside the Music since 1994 throughout the United States, but in the last decade has sustained the luxury of presenting her performances predominantly in Seattle, where she lives with her husband. Her local work as a soloist has included performances at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel Space Wayward series, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Sherman-Clay Lunchtime series, Stage 7 concert series, Northwest Pianos Sunday series, Bloedel Reserve piano series, Bainbridge Island Music Center, Blue Heron Arts Center, University of Washington ProCon Art series, KING FM radio, Ladies Musical Club concerts, and the Seattle composer's salon.

EDUCATION
Ms. Cummings believes that music is a lifetime education, so she is not finished. However, her beginnings in education include:
BFA degree in performance, University of Florida, honors, 1985
Post baccalaureate study, Bernice Maskin, Julliard pianist 1985-87
Edna Natkin, Julliard pianist 1989-91
Artistic mentorship
Raymond Chobaz, conductor
http://www.arts.ufl.edu/bio.aspx?PID=161
David Kushner, musicologist
http://www.arts.ufl.edu/bio.aspx?PID=61

AWARDS
Outstanding Acheivement in the Arts, University of Florida, 2007
Edith Pitts Graduate scholarship, Univ. of Florida, 1986
Winner, concerto competition, University of Florida orchestra, Maestro Chobaz, 1984
Friends of Music scholarship, University of Florida 1980-1984
Second place, St. Pete Chopin Competition, 1979
Third place, St. Pete Chopin Competition, 1978
Orchestral Debut by qualifying audition, Florida Orchestra, Maestro Hoffman, Age 16 (1978)

NEW MUSIC
Cummings is also noted for her work with new music. She has performed new works in collaboration with the Seattle Composers' Salon, the ProCon Art Series at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Center for Advance Research of Technology in the Arts and Humanities at the University of Washington, recording projects for composers in the Seattle area, and world premieres live on radio station, KING FM. Composers that Ann has worked with include Richard Karpen, Diane Thome, Oscar Pablo DiLiscia, Gavin Borschert, Brad Anderson, Jay Hamilton, Carson Farley, Ken Benshoof, Bret Battey, Eric Flesher, Stuart Dempster, Tom Baker, and Chris Delaurenti.

COLLABORATIONS
Ann has collaborated with other artists in multi-media presentations of classical music. She has worked with Seattle's local pianists Geisa Dutra, Oana Rusu-Tomai, Jennifer Bowman, Talman Welle, conductor George Shangrow, composer/cellist Carson Farley, clarinetist Erling Iverson, and visual artists Gwen Guidici, Kristen Morris, and Yael-Zahavey-Mittelman, along with New York artist, William Hutnick.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Seattle Music Teachers Association
Chairperson for Simon Fiset Composition Competition 2008-current Chairperson for October Festival, 2012-current
Member 1988-current

Center of Contemporary Art
Inside the Music series, 2004
Volunteer with gallery, 2004
Member 2003-current

Ladies Musical Club
Member 1989-1997
Performed regularly on the Public Concert Series 1989-1997
Served on committee for International Artist Series 1990-1996
Served on committee for Music in the Schools 1990-1994