Ann Carter-Cox

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Ann Carter-Cox holds the degrees Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Master of Fine Arts in Early Music Performance from Sarah Lawrence College.

Her critically acclaimed singing career took her to concert halls, communities and college campuses throughout the eastern half of the United States.

Following her respected performance career, Ann enjoyed noted success in choral conducting with the Youth Choir of the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, Connecticut, a program which she founded. On its several international tours, she conducted the choir in numerous prestigious venues including Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel.

Now retired from the Youth Choir post, Ann has returned to singing the music which she most loves: the song repertoire written before 1750 and the historical folk songs of the British Isles and the southern Appalachian mountains. Accompanying herself on harp, she is equally at home singing the songs of John Dowland (1562-1626) or the ancient ballad, “Barbara Allen”. A recent addition to her programming is storytelling with the harp.

Critical Acclaim

The New York Times music critics have written of Ann Carter-Cox:

“Miss Carter-Cox turned out to be a singer in every sense, with a light lyric soprano of wide range and great clarity. She takes one inside the music with the skill of an accomplished actress.”   (Donal Henahan)

“…she has a most persuasive natural musicality linked with flexibility of technique and scrupulousness of musicianship.”   (John Rockwell)

“Ann Carter-Cox is an artist for whom singing is a natural expression. Her manner is as unassuming as her singing sounds artless – an instance of the art that conceals art.”  (Raymond Ericson)
 
“Everything Miss Carter-Cox sang was graced with an unaffected musical spontaneity, a secure vocal technique and a wealth of appropriate expressive nuances…. In short, Miss Carter-Cox is a gifted and highly communicative singer…”   (Peter G. Davis)

Other critical comments

“…Miss Carter-Cox possesses rare finesse and command of poetic, lyric and dramatic nuances…. No less important are the naturalness and unforced quality of her singing and playing, sense of proportion, and an almost unerring capacity for delving to the heart of a composition without resorting to excess or contrivance.”    (The Bridgeport Post)

“Seated and accompanying herself on the lute, she simply drew each member of the audience next to her – singing to you alone, and not to all the others.”   (The Journal News)

“Ann Carter-Cox has a consummate control of dynamics and is able to spin out a ravishing pianissimo. All in all some of the best singing heard hereabouts lately."   (The Times Union)

“Virtually every word she sang was easily intelligible, and her musical interpretations were intimately bound to the meaning of the words.”   (The Woodstock Times)

“She is an artist in every sense of the word.”   (The Berkshire Eagle)

And from an elementary school pupil in Iowa:
“I love you. I was the one in the red shirt.”