Anna Scheider fell in love with the double bass at age nine, fascinated by its low register and uniqueness as an instrument.
Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Anna completed both her Masters degree and Bachelors degree in Double Bass Performance at Duquesne University, where she studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Jeffrey Turner and PSO section bassist Micah Howard. In May 2017 she received a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she studied with Peter Lloyd, a former member of the Minnesota and Philadelphia orchestras. She performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the past two seasons as a temporary member.
As an orchestral musician, Anna has performed with several ensembles including the Winnipeg Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Present Music Ensemble in Milwaukee and has participated in summer festivals that include the Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Montecito International Music Festival, where she received the Westmont Fellowship for double bass.
In 2014-15 Anna served as co-principal bass of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she had the privilege of working with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Alex Hanna and several other CSO musicians. Additionally, Anna was selected to be a member of the Civic Fellowship, in which she had the opportunity to work closely with renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma on music projects benefitting the Chicago community.
In addition to performing, Anna is deeply passionate about ensuring the accessibility of classical music and finding innovative ways to introduce the music to a wider variety of audiences. In May 2016, Anna was selected as a grant recipient in Colburn Conservatory’s New Venture Competition for her composer + coffee project.
Anna resides in the Wolseley neighborhood with her husband Michael Kemp, principal timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and avid Buffalo sports fan. Go Bills!