Anna Scheider

Anna Scheider


Anna 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 has performed with numerous ensembles including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, the Present Music Ensemble in Milwaukee and performed as part of a Chicago Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble. Anna has also participated in several notable summer festivals, such as the Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Montecito International Music Festival.

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 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.

Anna currently works full-time with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Audience Development Coordinator and continues to perform with the orchestra on a regular basis as a substitute musician.

What is your education and experience?

I completed both my Masters degree and Bachelors degree in Double Bass Performance from Duquesne University, where I studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Jeffery Turner and PSO section bassist Micah Howard. I additionally earned a Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with teacher Peter Lloyd, who was formerly a member of the Minnesota and Philadelphia orchestras. During my time in Chicago, I studied privately with Chicago Symphony principal bassist Alex Hanna. I am additionally extremely fortunate to have had numerous lessons with renowned violinist Arnold Steinhardt while at the Colburn Conservatory.

Tell us about one of your fondest musical memories.

My husband is the principal timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – any time I get to share the stage with him and make music, it’s a gift!

What made you decide to study music?

My first interaction with the bass was as a fourth grade public school student. I very clearly remember the demonstration of the double bass and I was immediately hooked. When I finally had the opportunity to try out the instrument, someone tried to hand me a viola because it was “more my size” — but even then I knew that bass was the instrument for me and that music was going to be a big part of my life.

How are your lessons unique?

I focus first and foremost on the enjoyment of making music and the individual goals of each student. Even if we work on something that a student may not grasp right away, I want each student to leave their lessons feeling confident, engaged, and inspired.

What is your favourite part about teaching?

The opportunity to learn from students. Your questions and opinions matter!

What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?

I don’t know anyone who has regretted learning to play an instrument. The skillset required to play music is so diverse and translates into numerous other aspects of life – even if it is just learning how to appreciate music more.