Ann Elizabeth Sauder
”If you can walk, you can dance; If you can talk, you can sing." -Proverb from Zimbabwe
Originally from Peoria Illinois---a modest city surrounded by corn, in which you are never more than ten minutes away from where you need to be next---Ms. Sauder is a defected opera singer who arrived in Austin on a whim, on the tour bus of a late great local bluegrass band, and decided to stay. She holds, contrary to some of her students' disbeliefs, two college degrees: a Bachelor and Master of Music in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she performed numerous lead roles with IU Opera Theatre, her favorite being the title role of Hansel and Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, because she got to learn how to sing while doing summersaults and eating cookies. Ms. Sauder semi-regularly performs with multiple music groups around town and has been known to play the guitar, ukulele, washboard, piano, viola, trombone, and kazoo. When she's not making music or sharing her love of music with her students, she's sitting on her apartment porch, doing the crossword with her old, blind, deaf, and brilliant Pomeranian, Fuzzy.
Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, both in vocal performance, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music