Anna Schaad Montgomery is a composer, violinist and teacher living in Lone Pine, California with her husband and son. Her passion for teaching violin has spanned 25 years, and she is currently an active member of the music community in Ridgecrest, serving as a board member of the HDMTA and concert master of the Desert Community Orchestra. Anna is currently working on her fifth album of instrumental music.
Anna began her musical life at a young age immersed in the study of classical music in the Pacific Northwest, as a member the Seattle Youth Symphony, and studying under concert violist Paul Coletti. In 1991, Anna combined a B.A. degree in American History with her love for music and created the Talking Fiddle, a music therapy program designed to entertain and revitalize the memories of senior citizens and Alzheimer's patients.
Anna’s debut CD, the Raven Project, was released in 1998 and explored the range and versatility of her newly commissioned electric five-string viola named Wicked Grace. This amazing instrument, with an ebony Raven's head carved in place of the traditional scroll, became the icon for her record label, Raven Fiddle Productions.
Her second album, Songspell, was a Celtic-blues fusion CD in collaboration with Canadian multi-instrumentalist David MacVittie. Anna released her third album The Journey, in September 2001. A blending of classical, Celtic and world influence, The Journey reflects Anna’s innovative, eclectic style. Her sophisticated melodies are ripe with raspy blues riffs, rocking lead solos, and Celtic yarns that come alive in this Neo-classical pop album which tells the story of a woman’s journey into a supernatural world.
Her most recent album, Dream Within a Dream, was a departure from her previous releases, drawing from a broader spectrum of global flavors, incorporating drum loops, hip hop rhythms, samples, and nature sounds. Besides performing her original works, Schaad Montgomery has appeared in New York, Canada, New Zealand and Australia with the six time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, as well as recording and performing with bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Paperboys, and folk legend Bryan Bowers.
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