|Artistic Director of the Metroplex Opera Company|
Ann was the Valedictorian of her high school class at Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas, and a National Merit Scholar. Ms. Petty graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) summa cum laude with a double major in French and Italian. While at SMU, she received numerous honors including the Borden Prize for the highest freshman average, the Cokesbury Book prizes in French and Italian, and election to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. She won a regional contest in French sponsored by the Cercle Francais of Dallas to study at the Sorbonne in Paris, giving her a background in French few singers can claim. Later on two occasions Ms. Petty taught Italian at S.M.U., an experience that improved her knowledge of this language, which is so important to any singer. Indeed, when she sings in a foreign language, she knows the meaning of every word.
Ms. Petty’s musical background includes an Associate of Arts degree in music from El Centro Community College with concentrations in voice and flute. She also has had 10 years of private piano study and 12 years of flute study with David Vornholt and Harvey Boatright, both distinguished retired flutists of the Dallas Symphony. In addition, Ms. Petty has taken undergraduate music courses at S.M.U., Brookhaven College, and the University of Texas at Arlington where she was a teaching assistant to her long-time voice teacher, Gerald Tate. She has also taken graduate classes in Voice Performance at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Ms. Petty has had the privilege of studying voice with the late Hertha Eich, a retired star of the Saarbrucken Opera in Fechingen, Germany.
Ms. Petty is one of the few people to belong to Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts honorary) and Sigma Alpha Iota (music honorary). She is a past secretary-treasurer and past president of the North Texas Association of Phi Beta Kappa. Other civic and professional work involves numerous concerts for music clubs, nursing as well as retirement homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She is currently a soloist and section leader at Preston Hollow United Methodist Church where she is a member. She has also sung with the Dallas Opera Chorus and with a number of opera groups in the area. Her greatest honor as a singer was being chosen as a regional finalist in the San Francisco Opera Auditions.
Among the roles that she has performed are Suor Angelica, as well as smaller parts in the opera, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte.
Since 1996, Ms. Petty has taught music students from the Traveling Music Teacher Network. She also has a music studio where she teaches private voice, flute, and piano lessons. In addition, Ms. Petty is currently teaching Italian and English at the Berlitz School of Languages.
She is excited about the opportunities that the Metroplex Opera Company will bring to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and believes that this opera company will bring much joy to audiences and performers.
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