Anna Lenti is an active choral conductor, music educator, and soprano who specializes in early music and the works of JS Bach. From 2015-2019 Anna worked as a full-time Upper and Middle School Music Teacher at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, where she directed various vocal ensembles and taught courses in general music. Anna is also a private voice teacher and coach to students ranging from middle school to adulthood. She was the conductor of the Concord Singers, a women’s community chorus located in Summit from 2017-2019. As Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York from 2015-2017, Anna assisted with the choir’s preparation for its multiple annual concerts at Carnegie Hall and St. John the Divine. She is the co-founder of the project-based ensemble, Ampersand, which has performed premieres and collaborative performance experiences throughout the tristate area and Cleveland.
As a graduate student at Westminster Choir College, Anna was the Graduate Assistant for the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir. She assisted conductor Joe Miller in preparing the chorus for its multiple performances with major symphony orchestras from around the world. She lead the ensemble in a performance of the Mozart Requiem with orchestra for her degree recital in 2013.
Praised by the New York Times for her “beguiling soprano”, Anna has appeared as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Fairfield County Chorale and Orchestra, joined New York Polyphony for a concert of Italian music at the Amherst Early Music Festival, performed for an interdisciplinary installation at the Matthew Barney Art Studio, and appeared as a soloist with TENET on their Praetorius Vespers program. Anna performs regularly with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, Clarion Music Ensemble, Sounding Light, Manhattan Chorale, Great Music in a Great Space, and Apollo’s Fire.
In May 2014, Anna made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in a premier of a new work by Ola Gjeilo, written for the Manhattan Chorale. She has also appeared as a soloist on the Carnegie Hall stage in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre for Brahms Requiem. Anna has performed on the professional operatic stage at the Spoleto Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival (Matsukaze).
A native of Rochester, NY, Anna received a BM in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2011 and an MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in 2013. She is currently pursuing her DMA in Choral Conducting at Eastman, and is thrilled to be back in her hometown along with her husband (Stephen), son (Jude), daughter (Penny) and goofy dog (Nina). When she’s not making music, she can be found doing yoga, running long distances, baking homemade bread, and engaging in all sorts of pun.
**In addition to teaching AEM ONLINE, Anna Lenti will be on faculty for Week 2 of the 2024 Amherst Early Music Festival.