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Jamaica's Ana Strachan to perform with Orchestra of the Americas

Published:Monday | June 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Ana Strachan - Contributed

 

Through the collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ), the YOA Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) will complete their month-long Caribbean Voices tour in Jamaica.

This is the YOA's first Caribbean tour, boasting participation of more than 1,000 musicians across three countries - Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.

Jamaica's own Ana Strachan will be performing alongside the YOA during their time in Jamaica. A soprano, Strachan has been applauded by fellow musicians as a voice destined to resound in great halls and cathedrals. She has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica and is a soloist and member of the University Singers in Jamaica.

musical background

Strachan holds a bachelor of music degree from Ithaca College, and during her time there, starred as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute; as La Musica in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo; and also performed in Dana Wilson's The Wolf By The Ears and Ravel's L'Enfant et Les Sortileges.

Strachan was a member of Ithaca College's elite choir under the direction of Lawrence Doebler, and toured with them to Georgia, North and South Carolina, Washington DC, and New York.

She returned home to Jamaica to continue her contribution to education in the arts as the chorus teacher for the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, as well as musical director for the Jamaica Junior Theatre Company's 2014 production of Aladdin.

With her background in classical training and vocal pedagogy, Strachan teaches private voice lessons to classical singers, and is currently a lecturer in voice at the Jamaica Theological Seminary.

Strachan aims for her students to be exposed to and gain a deeper appreciation for all types of vocal music.