ANNE BARBARA AKERSON is an accomplished and highly respected harpist and pianist who enjoys an active career as both solo and ensemble performer.
WELL KNOWN AND REGARDED AMONG HER PEERS, a steady list of clients and students, she is consistently noted for her professionalism and musical programming. She offers musical versatility and a distinctive playing style characterized by a unique vitality, warmth, musicality and elegance.
ANNE BARBARA PERFORMS IN A WIDE VARIETY of venues for events ranging from corporate, retailing and private functions to recitals, chamber music concerts, worship events in venues ranging from concert halls, schools and institutes, major hotels and country clubs as well as cruise ships.
DURING HER EARLIER CAREER AS A MUSIC TEACHER, she was an adjudicator for local piano competitions and festivals and a frequent program presenter as well.
WITH WELL OVER 1800 TITLES in her repertoire and an avid site reader as well, Anne Barbara is versatile in playing a wide variety of styles and genres ranging from the standard, more “serious” works for both instruments to popular (adult contemporary, movie and theatre show tunes) and light jazz and jazz standards to folk and traditional music or the spiritual and songs of faith along with her own improvisation.
ANNE BARBARA HAS A BS DEGREE IN EDUCATION from University of Nebraska with graduate work in harp at University of North Texas. She is active in a number of professional organizations locally and internationally.
ANNE BARBARA BEGAN HER PROFESSIONAL CAREER BY TEACHING group piano and concurrently held several church music leadership roles as organist and music director.
ANNE BARBARA RECENTLY RECORDED TWO CDS which are available for purchase, By Request
, a solo harp CD and Yours Truly
, a solo piano CD.
Here’s what people are saying about Anne Barbara Akerson:
As harpist and pianist:
“I have several musicians I prefer, but I always give your name first to my clients. You have been in the business and approach it with professionalism. You have a broad and diverse repertoire and are a versatile player and I am confident when I recommend you. My clients will be pleased.” – B, Hilton Hotels
“Thank you so much for making our conference event a successful one. Your presentation and performance was outstanding; and you and the harp look like you belong together…the result was…elegantly simple and simply elegant. Ending with the piano rounded off the event perfectly.”
“Thank you so much for being flexible with the last minute changes and making it easy to work with you. Definitely we will call you again and call you first…”
“You are the best! I wouldn’t hesitate to call you first.” – A, Capstar
“We will book you regularly for our events. Our guests and clients consistently comment both during and following the events on the selection, character and quality of music.” – B.L., Major Retailer
“Your elegant presentation is the type of image we wish to reflect to our clientele.” – B, Major Hotel
“Congratulations on a great job! When we knew we wanted a harpist, we asked for the best one in Dallas; and the catering director did just what we asked. You play with a lot of feeling and obviously really know what you are doing. You play like you really enjoy what you are doing. We will definitely call you again.” – C.M., Client of Major Hotel
“I can’t begin to tell you how my husband and I appreciated your professionalism and timely arrival on our wedding day. My husband was not involved in the music side of the wedding. All he knew was that I was consulting with a harpist. He was astounded at how beautiful the music sounded. I have been hearing from guest who were just as taken by the music as we were. With all the errors during the ceremony, we could truly say that it was NOT the music. I will definitely pass your cards out and suggest you to my friends who are or may become engaged in the future. It was a pleasure working with you. Thanks again!” – L. Thomas
“Thank you for always adding dignity and beauty to so many events over the past decade or so. You always dress the part, never intrusive, but always raise the level of any event with the mellifluous sounds from your instrument and fingers.” – E.F.
“Thank you! You really set the tone for a delightful, first-class evening. Anne Barbara, we appreciate you so much! God has gifted you tremendously!” – V. Henry
“You are an elegant person and a fine pianist with an expressive touch. Great repertoire.” – L.V., Private Client
“It is obvious you really know what you are doing…very musical playing and you are aware of your listener. You draw us into the music.”