ANNA SCHAAD MONTGOMERY
Composer – Musician – Producer
Anna Schaad Montgomery is a composer, violinist and teacher living in Lone Pine, California with her husband and son. Her passion for teaching violin has spanned 25 years, and she is currently an active member of the music community in Ridgecrest, serving as a board member of the HDMTA and concert master of the Desert Community Orchestra. Anna is currently working on her fifth album of instrumental music.
Anna began her musical life at a young age immersed in the study of classical music in the Pacific Northwest, as a member the Seattle Youth Symphony, and studying under concert violist Paul Coletti. In 1991, Anna combined a B.A. degree in American History with her love for music and created the Talking Fiddle, a music therapy program designed to entertain and revitalize the memories of senior citizens and Alzheimer’s patients.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Anna began her musical life at a tender age, immersing herself in classical music with the piano and violin. She was lucky enough to experience the Seattle Youth Symphony as a member for four years, immersed in the the great classical symphonic works, and studied under concert violist Paul Coletti at the University of Washington as a junior and senior in High School. In 1991, Anna combined a B.A. degree in American History with her love for music at the Evergreen State College and created the “Talking Fiddle Program” – a music therapy program designed to touch the hearts and minds of our regions senior citizens and Alzheimers patients.
Anna’s horizon expanded into the genres of American and Celtic fiddling, as well as to blues and bluegrass, and meanwhile she discovered the fair town of Bellingham, a place near and dear to her heart. Anna discovered the pure musical joy of playing celtic, blues and folk music with electric and acoustic violin in bands in the Pacific Northwest including the Clumsy Lovers, Tim McHugh and the Lost Poets, and Vancouver B.C.’s Paperboys, as well as pursuing the world of studio work and studio recording with local artists and people passing through, like Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Anna’s debut CD, The Raven Project, was released in 1998 and explored the range and versatility of her newly commissioned electric five-string viola, “Wicked Grace.” This project forged her friendship with one of her great musical allies, David MacVittie, a multi-instrumental song wizard of Canadian origin, and heralded the birth of Raven Fiddle Productions.
Her second album, Songspell, was a further collaboration with David into the genre of Celtic-blues fusion, giving their amazing work as a duo the attention it deserved.
Anna released her third album The Journey in September 2001. A blending of classical, celtic and world influence, The Journey reflects Anna’s innovative, eclectic style. Her captivating melodic lines and symphonic arrangement developed in this Neo-classical celtic album which tells the story of a woman’s journey into a Supernatural world. Anna particularly enjoyed creating an elaborate theatrical performance of this music at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington.
Anna reemerged in 2009 with her fourth album, Dream Within a Dream. This time around, she integrated more digital technology, using MIDI keyboards, drum loops, and samples to create instrumental beds for her compositions. As on her 3rd album, The Journey, her chief human accompanist was percussionist Lauri Lyster, who added even more unusual acoustic sounds to the computer-sourced ones. The result, while still remaining generally within the New Age genre, is a collection of music that borders on contemporary jazz, trance and trip-hop.
Besides touring and performing original work with her musician buddies, Anna has also appeared as a featured artist with other entertainers. She has appeared in tandem with David MacVittie in New York, Canada, New Zealand and Australia with the four- time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, playing a variety of electric violins in furious harmony with the Highland Pipes. This touring culminated in a live recording at the Sydney Opera House.