MUSICAL THEATRE COMPOSER
Anna Dagmar is a NYC-based pianist, vocalist, singer-songwriter, musical theatre composer and teacher.
Dagmar is a two-time Gold Prize winner in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest and has released four full length albums. She has toured internationally, performing at venues such as City Winery, La Poisson Rouge, Rockwood Music Hall, Club Passim (Boston), Folkstage Radio (Chicago), Ghengis Cohen (LA), Obaren (Stockholm), The Bluebird (Berlin) and The Green Note (London).
Her albums spin on over 100 folk stations nationwide, and her CD Satellite (2012) charted #5 on the Roots Music Report. Songs including “We Were Children” and “Down the Road” led Dagmar to be selected as a national finalist in both the Kerrville and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Competitions and as a Folk Alliance Showcase Artist. A versatile pianist and sideperson, Dagmar has shared the stage with artists including Jane Siberry, David Amram, Ellis Paul and Natalia Zukerman.
A composer in the Tony-winning BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, Dagmar’s songs have been showcased by Cutting Edge Composers, Broadway World, Broadway Charity Concerts, Circle Songbook, NY Theatre Barn, and the Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers. Through the BMI program, Dagmar met her collaborator, lyricist Kevin Wanzor. In 2014, UC Irvine commissioned them to write a 15-minute musical in two weeks, which was premiered at The Playroom Theatre. As a writing team, their songs have also been performed by artists including Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening), Taylor Richardson (Annie) and Britney Coleman (Very Potter). Wanzor and Dagmar are currently writing two original, full-length musicals titled Kids These Days and My Imaginary Family.
As an educator, Dagmar designed a songwriting and general music curriculum for the Performing Arts Curriculum Experience (PACE) at Mamaroneck High School. Her choral experience includes directing, composing and arranging for Penfield High School Chorale, Summer Sonatina Singers (Vermont), Lifted Voices Choir (Bristol, UK) and Harlem Children’s Choir (through the Midori Foundation Teaching Artist Program). A strong believer in the value of early childhood music education, Dagmar has five years experience as a pianist for the Musical Kids program.
Dagmar was the Composer-in-Residence at the Nightingale-Bamford School for three years, teaching songwriting to 6th graders through their interdisciplinary Greek Mythology project. She has composed and arranged choral and orchestral music commissions for the Lycée Francais and Nightingale-Bamford School. While teaching piano privately for 15 years, Dagmar has created a set of fun and humorous music theory games that she uses with her students to improve their skills in ear-training, sight-reading and composing.
She holds a BM in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.