Anna Kelleher is currently a student of Dr. James Stern of the Stern/Andrist Duo at the University of Maryland School of Music. She is a member of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, plays with a violin, clarinet, and piano trio performing locally around the Maryland and DC area, and performs regularly with Pop Culture Strings based in Washington, D.C. This summer, she is also attending the Chamber Music Festival at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Massachusetts.
She has performed in chamber music masterclasses for Rita Sloan, David Salness, Paul Katz, and Irina Muresanu. Past teachers include Peter Sirotin, Holly Hamilton, and Alexandra Mikhlin. In March of 2022, she played a solo recital including works from Bartók, Sarasate, Bruch, Bach, and Milhaud. She is a recipient of the Dr. Edward Adelson Scholarship at the University of Maryland School of Music and won the Ruth R. Albright Scholarship from Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra in 2019.
Outside of music, this spring she interned at the Washington DC-based World Resources Institute Global Office as a research analyst for their Cities4Forests Program, assisting with nature-based solutions for green/gray infrastructure projects in Latin America and Africa. She also runs a local baking business called Bakes by AnnaK.
Anna is excited to return to Graz for her second year with the AIMS Festival Orchestra, this time playing alongside her fellow violinist and mom, Karin Kelleher. In addition to performing, she is the Assistant Principal Librarian for the AIMS Festival Orchestra.