Described as a model teacher whose enthusiasm infects her students, Dr. Anna Hamre is in frequent demand as an adjudicator, guest conductor and workshop clinician. During her tenure, the Invitational Choral Festival has become one of the largest in California. Fresno State’s acclaimed Chamber Singers, which have received invitations to perform at the California Music Educators’ Association and the Pacific Chorale Invitational Choral Festival, toured Mexico in May 2004. Dr. Hamre has conducted 12 premiere performances, including the recording of Misuzu McManus’ “Three Japanese Folksongs” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which was jointly commissioned with chamber singers from Chico State after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A local review of Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra called her choir “simply marvelous.” Her music-literacy method, The University/High School Sightsinger, is used by choirs throughout the United States and Guam.
With Dr. Hamre are Music
Education graduate students, Aaron Melocik and Margaret Cochran.
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