Ann Callaway (b. 1949, Washington DC) began her musical training in Baltimore under Grace Newsom Cushman and continued at Smith College with Alvin Etler. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, studying with George Crumb, Jack Beeson, and George Edwards. Her music has been broadcast on both coasts of the US, and she is the subject of a documentary produced by Swedish Radio. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Guild of Organists, and has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Leighton Artist Colony in Banff.
Callaway’s larger works include Concerto for Bass Clarinet, performed by the Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony; the tone poem Amethyst, premiered in 1997 by soprano Kati Guerra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; and The Work of Sun, excerpts of which have been read by the Berkeley Symphony on its Under Construction series.
Among her chamber pieces are Devachan, written for the New York New Music Ensemble and given its West Coast premiere by Earplay; Seven Dramatic Episodes (after E. A. Poe) for flute, cello, piano, and narrator; and Besides This May (E. Dickinson) for soprano, flute, and piano. Interpreters of her choral music include The Gregg Smith Singers, Alice Parker’s Melodious Accord, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. Callaway’s cycle for soprano, bass, choir, and piano Songs From the Gardener (R. Tagore) was produced during her stay as Composer-in-Residence for the Berkeley-based Bella Musica, and her organ works Altarpiece and Paraphrasis have been performed by such artists as Thomas Murray, Donald Joyce and John Butt. Callaway has also written solo pieces for flute, viola, contrabass clarinet, and piano. In October 2007, her Rilke Songs were performed in Berkeley by bass Richard Mix, clarinettist Peter Josheff, violist Darcy Rindt, and cellist Dan Reiter. 2008 saw the premieres of two trios, The Memory Palace, for clarinet, cello, and piano, performed by the Empyrean Ensemble of UC Davis; and Ballade for violin, horn, and piano, commisioned by Composers Inc. for their 25th anniversary season. She is currently at work on an opera, Sonoran Blue, inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s adventures as a lepidopterist. Her music is published by Subito Music Corporation, Verona, NJ.