Anna Black


Eagle, Idaho

University of Michigan, Master of Music
Mercer University, Bachelor of Music

Ann Brewster Chair

Anna Black is a graduate student at the University of Michigan studying under Professor Fabiola Kim. She graduated from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in 2021 as a student of Amy Moretti, David Kim, and Robert McDuffie. Anna started studying the violin at age seven and has served as concertmaster of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, and the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble. She was the principal second violin of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Anna was also a member of the Ann Arbor and Lansing Symphony Orchestras. She has soloed with the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra and performed alongside players such as Robert McDuffie, Lawrence Dutton, and the Cavani String Quartet.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I am a certified personal trainer and absolutely love the crossovers between fitness and music!

Name three of your favorite composers:
Richard Strauss, Johannes Brahms, C├ęsar Franck

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
thrift shopping, eating good food, lifting weights, binge-watching Netflix

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
The repertoire, of course, but also the fast professional pace of the program. I feel that it will prepare me very well to take professional auditions in the next few years, and as co-concertmaster, this leadership and soloist experience is invaluable to me.