Originally from St Louis, Missouri, USA, Anna Krause is currently living and working in England while she pursues a DPhil (PhD) in music composition at the University of Oxford. She has earned degrees in composition from the University of Oxford (MSt), the University of Missouri - Columbia (MM), and William Jewell College (BS, summa cum laude).
Anna had her first music lessons while living in Bonn, Germany as a child, and she first returned to Europe during her undergraduate career to study composition with Nancy Van de Vate in Vienna at the Institut für Europäische Studien Wien. Anna's work has been performed in the United States, Austria, and the United Kingdom.
Anna has a particular interest in writing opera and other theatrical and storytelling music. Her first opera, The Raven, based on the poem of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe, was performed at the University of Missouri - Columbia by the University of Missouri New Music Ensemble, with Dr Stefan Freund conducting. Cantata Eliensis I, her second opera, was commissioned by Cantata Dramatica with a libretto by Nicholas Pitts-Tucker. It tells the story of the events leading up to the construction of Ely Cathedral, and will premiere there within the next few years.
Anna is a soprano and performs regularly as a soloist and as a member of ensembles. She is involved with a number of choirs around Oxford, both as a singer and composer.