Anna Wray, percussionist, collaborates with composers, musicians, dancers and theatre groups, who expand the world of experimental music and experimental art, through the creation of new acoustic and electro/acoustic music. Anna also performs classic works by composers – including John Cage, Steve Reich, Lou Harrison and James Tenney – who have successfully moved percussion to the forefront of music performance. She is an active member of the William Winant Percussion Group and has worked with a number of artists including Steven Schick, Christian Wolff, Julia Wolfe, Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Joan Jeanrenaud, Molissa Fenley, Petr Kotik, Thomas Buckner, the Eclipse Quartet and Theatre of Yugen, SF.
She is now pursuing her MFA in performance with a multi-percussion focus at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, studying with percussionists David Johnson and Randy Gloss. She received her BA in music performance at Mills College in 2009, studying percussion with William Winant and music theory and music history with Dr. Nalini Ghuman and Dr. David Bernstein. At Mills College, Anna was a Provost Scholar, received the Carroll Donner Commemorative Scholarship and was a recipient of the Maurthea Friedberger Cup.
Anna Wray teaches one-on-one instruction for snare drum, mallet instruments and piano. She currently teaches piano classes at West Creek Academy through CalArts’ Community Arts Partnership (CAP). Anna’s teaching focuses on technique. Integrating essential fundamentals at an early stage of practice, allows the students to more readily improvise and develop their own voice. Anna encourages students to share their own musical interests. She believes that teaching is a collaborative process: student and teacher can both learn from and challenge one another. This engaged process expands knowledge, encourages creativity, and mutually develops goals. Anna believes that when these goals are achieved a student has better themselves both as a musician and as a person. As with any study, Anna is trying to foster a love for music, the instrument, mastery, persistence, and musicality.