Ann Nagell's involvement in the fields of art song performance and opera coaching began in New York in the early 1970s with her work at Ithaca College and Cornell University. Since 1983, she has been living and performing in the Southwest. Ann has performed, coached, adjudicated, and given master classes throughout the United States and internationally in Switzerland, England, Scotland, Italy, and Norway. Currently, Ann is President of the Arizona Piano Institute Board of Directors, as well as a founding pianist of ArtSong Rising and Southwest Chamber Arts.
Dr. Nagell has coached French arias at the Taos Opera Institute in Taos, New Mexico. She has worked as musical director, vocal coach, and pianist in Fidenza, Italy for the Flagstaff in Fidenza Opera Festival. Her direction of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, at the Castle of Fontanellato and in Fidenza's Magnani Theatro, was an acclaimed highlight of this opera program. She has also coached and performed at the Big Bear Lake Art Song Festival.
Dr. Nagell has studied and performed at the Geneva Conservatory in Geneva, Switzerland, with the late baritone Gérard Souzay, and with pianist Dalton Baldwin. She has performed in the celebrated Art Song Festivals at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has premiered works by composers David Evans Thomas for The Schubert Club and Jon Murray for Arizona National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has studied and performed with the composers the extensive vocal works of Samuel Adler and Jean Berger. She has also recently performed works by Libby Larsen, Gwyneth Walker, Judith Cloud, and Ricky Ian Gordon.
As an auditions and master class pianist, Ann has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, National Society of Arts and Letters, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera Works, The Phoenix Bach Choir, Phoenix Symphony, and Arizona Opera. Dr. Nagell has performed in the master classes of Phyllis Curtain, Donald Gramm, Sam Adler, Jan DeGaetani, Elizabeth Söderstrom, Maureen Forrester, Warren Jones, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Richard Miller, Ann Baltz, Kathleen Kelly, Hans Nieuwenhuis, Shirlee Emmons, Lorenzo Malfatti, Carol Kirkpatrick, and Robert Hale, among others.
Ann is committed to the development of musical potential in the emerging professional singer. She has coached many talented students toward placement in America's leading conservatories and universities. Singers working in collaboration with Dr. Nagell have found career opportunities in performance at The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, as well as with Central City Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, and Arizona Opera.
Ann Nagell holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master's degree in Solo Performance with Emphasis in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Emphasis in Piano from Ithaca College. She has taught courses in collaborative pianism, applied piano, singer's diction, keyboard sight-reading, opera audition techniques and scenes, and has administered programs in collaborative piano at Grand Canyon University; Mesa, Chandler-Gilbert, and Paradise Valley Community Colleges; the Arizona School for the Arts; and Arizona State University's School of Music.