Verena Lucía Anders, winner of multiple Grammy Awards, pianist, conductor, and vocalist, began her training in music and dance at the age of four at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD. While a student at Peabody, Verena earned certificates in Music Theory, Piano, Voice and Dance.
As a dance major at the Baltimore High School for the Arts, she continued her studies in music theory and piano at the Peabody Institute. Mrs. Anders completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Santiago Rodriguez at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also minored in vocal performance and French. During her studies at UM, Mrs. Anders was a member of the Choir of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, under the direction of Dr. Leo Nestor. Mrs. Anders won titles in various competitions including the Oberlin International Competition, San Francisco Concerto Competition, and First Prize at the UM Ulrich Undergraduate Competition.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Mrs. Anders studied at the Alvin Ailey School for Dance in New York, while maintaining an active life singing with the choir of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Choral Artists, and the early-music ensemble Amor Artis. During her time in New York, she participated in the historic, Grammy Award-winning performance of John Adam’s, On the Transmigration of Souls, commissioned for the New York Philharmonic on the Anniversary of September 11th. She also continued to appear as guest soloist for Amor Artis for several years.
Verena received her Master’s Degree in Sacred Music with a focus in choral conducting in 2010 from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. During this time, she held her position as Director of Music at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood, MD. Mrs. Anders also served as an associate musician for the Archdiocese of Washington, providing music for a variety of Diocesan events. Mrs. Anders continued to serve as Director of Music Ministries at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for eight years. Verena has a special interest in issues of justice and poverty in developing nations and launched a concert program for the Twin-Parish mission of St. Francis of Assisi Parish with St. Paul’s Parish in Leon, Haiti. The benefits concerts continue today and raise funds for annual medical missions and assistance in educational programs in Haiti. During her time in Washington D.C., Mrs. Anders also engaged in several outreach programs in both music and dance.
Verena is honored and eager to start her second year with the Atlanta Music Project as the AMPlify Zaban Concert Choir Conductor.