Lori Ann Christian is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Christian holds degrees from Duquesne University and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where she is currently completing requirements for the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree. She has served as an assistant professor of Music at Clark Atlanta University and has taught Applied Voice at Duquesne University and Spelman College. As a concert artist, she has sung the title role of Zaide in the Pittsburgh premiere and toured as a featured soloist with the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra. A versatile performer, she has been noted for exceptional performances in premieres of several contemporary works, including original urban jazz compositions with Opera Columbus. She has appeared in such oratorios as The Creation, Thereisenmesse, C Minor Mass, and The Messiah.
Her operatic credits include principal roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, and The Magic Flute. In Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Christian has performed in the world premieres of the operas Zabette at the Rialto Center for Performing Arts, Woman at the Well, and La Roche as part of the National Black Arts Festival. Abroad, she has appeared as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore and Gretel from Hansel and Gretel in Rome, Italy. Ms. Christian has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships such as the Minna Kaufmann Rudd Award, Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Award, and the Albert C. Yates Fellowship. She currently teaches voice and choral music in Atlanta. Ms. Christian also performs with the recording artist duo, Amanla.
Ms. Christian has this advice for young musicians. "I stressed the importance of learning to read music as it is important to developing both your instrument, artistry, and your ear! It increases your understanding of music as a whole and increases job marketability."
Incredible advice from an incredible artist. Thank you Lori Ann Christian!