Ann Usher has served as director of the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses since 2000. She prepares the Children’s Chorus for their appearances as part of the annual Christmas concerts, community concerts, and in the Orchestra’s performances of operas and symphonic works that call for children’s voices.
Ms. Usher is coordinator of music education and a professor of music at the University of Akron, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate choral music education courses. She has previously served as director of the School of Music and interim director of the School of Dance, Theater, and Arts Administration. She previously taught public school choral music for eleven years, specializing in the middle school level. Ms. Usher has served on the Adjudicated Events Committee of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) since 1999 and has held several offices in both OMEA and the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Her groups have performed at several state and regional conferences for both organizations.
Active as a clinician and adjudicator, Ann Usher holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master of music degree in choral conducting and a doctorate in music education from Kent State University.
Updated: December 2016