Anne Breeden-Ehmke, a native San Franciscan, currently performs and teaches throughout Colorado. She also serves on the part-faculty of Metro State University and loves running Modern Medicis, her piano-teaching studio for both adults and kids. She has a Master’s in Chamber Music and Accompanying from The Eastman School of Music, having also studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music and DePaul University. While living in Chicago, Anne founded and ran Arts At Large, an organization that united emerging artists with underserved audiences, bringing concerts to places like women’ prisons and low-income HUD buildings. Anne has collaborated with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. More unusual and intriguing experiences throughout her career have been performing for both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney in 2000, and again for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2010.
Pianist Nan Shannon is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher in the Denver
area. As a former member of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C., she
gave premieres of numerous pieces by an international group of composers. She has
continued working with living composers in Colorado with the Playground Ensemble and
on the Pendulum Series, and has performed on chamber music series by the Colorado
Chamber Players, Front Range Chamber Players, and Denver Eclectic Concerts. Ms.
Shannon teaches at Regis University and Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is
a frequent adjudicator for competitions in Colorado and Wyoming. She earned her
Doctorate in Piano from the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Ann Schein,
and her Master’s in Accompanying from the University of Southern California, studying
with Jean Barr and Brooks Smith.