Nebraska native Anna DeGraff is a versatile mezzo whose credits include such varied roles as Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Maddalena (Rigoletto), and Ado Annie (Oklahoma!).  A strong proponent of contemporary music, she has participated in several workshops and premieres of works by living composers such as Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, and Robert Owens. Ms. DeGraff holds a BM in voice, a BA in psychology, and a minor in musical theatre from the University of Nebraska where she studied with soprano Donna Harler-Smith, and MM and DMA degrees in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota where she studied with tenor John De Haan. Her voice has been described as having “great expressive power, errant and wild” (Duluth News Tribune), while her characterizations have been described from “comely” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) to “cute, quirky, and flirty” (Lincoln Journal Star). She sang for four years with the Lincoln-based Blues Messengers and can be heard on their live album, Trouble in Mind, on Midnight Blue Records. One reviewer noted, “Singer Anna DeGraff tenderly fills the spacious room with the blues. She warms her audience with a voice so sultry you feel guilty for listening.” (Lincoln Journal Star) DeGraff has won the NATS Nebraska Artist Award and the Waterford Festival of Light Opera Best Female Singer Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Stratton Fellowship and holds memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Iota, Golden Key Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. She teaches voice at Southwest Minnesota State University and South Dakota State University and directs the Take Note choir (Marshall, MN) and the Presbyterian Adult Choir in Brookings, South Dakota.

Dr. Anna DeGraff