Associate Professor of Music
Teaches in the following areas:Applied Voice, Diction (English, Italian, Latin, German, French), Vocal Literature, Opera Westminster
Academic Background:BM, U. Delaware, Music Ed in Voice
Performance Diploma, Hochschule für Musik, Hannover, Germany
DMA, U. Maryland, Vocal Performance
Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, soprano, is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland. She received her Bachelor degree in Music Education at the University of Delaware, a degree in vocal performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, West Germany and her D.M.A. in performance at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bentz was engaged as a soloist in Germany for more than fourteen years at the following theaters: The Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, at The Städtisches Landestheater Flensburg and at Eduard von Winterstein Theater in Annaberg Buchholz in former East Germany. Her many roles which span the opera and operetta repertoire include, among others, Gilda, Rosina, Pamina, Adina, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Susanna (The Secret of Susanna), Blondchen, Gräfin Mariza, and Csardasfürstin. As a guest artist and recitalist Dr. Bentz has performed extensively in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, at the Shanghai and Zhoung Zho Opera houses in China and at the Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia. In 2001, she received a Governor's Citation and award from the Montgomery County Arts Council for excellence in singing. Her most recent performance in September 2004 was with the Valley Lyric Opera Company as Gilda in Rigoletto. Dr. Bentz is also an active member of the Friday Morning Music Club, Phi Kappa Phi and the National Association of Teacher's of Singing. Currently, Dr. Bentz is Assistant Professor of Voice and Head of the Vocal area at Westminster College where she teaches voice and directs opera. Her most recent performance in September 2004 was with the Valley Lyric Opera Company as Gilda in Rigoletto.
Dr. Bentz joined the faculty of Westminster College in 2001.