Anna Dagmar conducts works by Ravel, Mozart, Stravinsky and Dagmar
WED. MAY 1, 2024 7:30pm (doors 7:15pm)
Conducting Master’s Degree Recital
Link to reserve seats: https://music.hunter.cuny.edu/calendar/
Free and open to the public
Hunter College North Building (entrance on E. 69th between Lex & Park Ave. NYC)
Assembly Hall (ground floor)

I will be playing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor mov. I, and conducting the orchestra from the piano. I composed my own cadenza (the piano solo section) based on Mozart’s themes. This is something I have wanted to do for twenty years, back when I got hooked on Chick Corea’s Mozart Sessions and took some lessons with Robert Levin. This particular concerto is my favorite because of its groovy rhythms! (Hear Evgeny Kissin play it here: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=9kwDhZs-qaE&si=6j7y9vUaUr3Teczo) It may seem like it would be impossible to conduct and play piano, but the score is built that way – many passages alternate between orchestra and piano, and numerous piano figures involve only one hand. It is scored like chamber music. We have been enjoying the rehearsal process at Hunter and I hope you can be there to celebrate this special moment in my career! If you would like a copy of my cadenza as a PDF, please reply to this email. I also have a research paper about cadenzas if you want to read it, let me know.

In addition to Mozart, I am conducting from the podium, Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte, Stravinsky Suite for Small Orchestra No. 1, and my song “Mercy,” which I have arranged for the orchestra and gospel trio. The “Mercy” concert will feature vocalists Darrean Van Zandt, Carolynn Clyne, and Marcelle Davies-Lashley. It promises to be an evening which captures my journey as a conductor, pianist, and composer.


DECEMBER 14, 2023 “Rhapsody” single launches on digital streaming

DECEMBER 14, 2023 Performing original songs at NY Songwriter’s Circle The Bitter End

DECEMBER 7, 2023 Fiddler on the Roof vocal coaching Dobbs Ferry, NY

DECEMBER 6, 2023 Conducting Beethoven Symphony No. 8 Hunter Symphony

OCTOBER 20, 2023 “You Bring Out the Child in Me” launches on digital streaming

AUGUST 2023 Hadestown accompanying Walter Kerr Theater and Open Jar Studios

JULY 2023 Masterclass on classical repertoire at Sonatina School of Piano Bennington, VT

MAY 3, 2023 Conducting Bartok Romanian Folk Dances Hunter Symphony

APRIL 7, 2023 Collaborative Piano at American Protege Weill Recital Hall

NOVEMBER 30, 2022 Conducting Douglass Pilgrim Overture Hunter Symphony

OCTOBER 15, 2021 Rhapsody Kickstarter recording fundraiser reaches target $16,380

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 Rhapsody recording session at Bunker Studio Brooklyn, NY

DECEMBER 8, 2019 Dagmar songs with string quartet St. Peter’s Jazz Vespers

OCTOBER 14, 2019 “Mercy” Commission receives performance at Joe’s Pub in NYC

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 Dagmar songs with rhythm section St. Peter’s Jazz Vespers

SEPTEMBER 8 & 9, 2019 Oboe Quartet Commission performances in Brooklyn and NJ

JUNE 2019 Collaborative Piano with Niamh Varian-Barry in Dingle, Ireland

APRIL 12 & 30, 2019 Masterclass at The Growing Studio music of Waitress Broadway

Anna Dagmar is a New York-based pianist, conductor, singer-songwriter and educator. She is the Assistant Conductor of the Hunter Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Scholar at Hunter College. She has four albums of original music and her forthcoming  album, Rhapsody, will be released in June 2024. While a jazz piano student at the Eastman School of Music, Dagmar was inspired by the sounds of chamber ensembles echoing through the halls. A budding songwriter at the time, she expanded her compositions to feature strings and woodwinds. Experience with orchestration complements her current focus on conducting.

Dagmar has worked as a pianist, music director and/or vocal coach for theatrical productions including Hadestown, Waitress, Antigone in Ferguson, Nightingale in the Tower and Mata Hari. Her newest singles, “You Bring Out the Child in Me” and “Rhapsody,” premiered digitally during Fall 2023.

Dagmar made her Broadway debut in 2017 as a sub Pianist and Conductor for Sara
Bareilles’ musical Waitress. Her original song, “Mercy,” was commissioned by The Canales Project and performed at the National Gallery in 2018 and at the Public Theater in 2019. “Mercy,” honors the work of Sister Marilyn Lacey and Mercy Beyond Borders, a foundation with supports women and girls through education and business training in war-torn or impoverished regions of South Sudan and Haiti.

Dagmar is a two-time Gold Prize winner of the mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, a National Kerrville New Folk and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival finalist, and a composer in the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Writing Workshop. She is a member of Maestra, an organization that provides support, visibility and community to the women who make the music in the musical theater industry.

An energetic and creative educator, Dagmar served as composer in residence for several years at Nightingale-Bamford School and has also taught at Mamaroneck High School and Sonatina International School of Piano in Bennington, VT. She holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music and will earn her M.A. in Conducting and Music Education in 2024 at Hunter College. She lives with her husband and 9-year-old daughter in New York.