Anne Watson Born

Anne Watson Born is the Music Director of the Nashoba Valley Chorale, a 100-voice chorus based in Littleton, MA. The Chorale’s 2019-2020 season will feature Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, Gjeilo’s Dreamweaver, and Beethoven’s Mass in C. Past performances of choral-orchestral works by the Chorale include: Carson Cooman The Revelations of Divine Love, Bach Motet No. 1, Fauré Requiem, Lauridsen Lux Aeterna, Haydn Missa in tempore belli, Bach Motet No. 3 and B Minor Mass, Gjeilo Sunrise Mass, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Orff Carmina Burana, and the Verdi Requiem.
 
Ms. Watson Born is also the Director of Music Ministry at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton and is a Credentialed UU Music Leader. Ms. Watson Born is the chair of the UUA’s Music Leadership Certification Committee and is also the Lifelong Repertoire & Resources chair for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
 
While an Assistant Professor at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Ms. Watson Born was the voice coach, composer, and sound designer for the Bristol Community College Theatre Repertory Company. In that capacity she was the music director for productions of Threepenny Opera, Marat/Sade, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and composed original music and/or improvised live music for several theatre productions, including King Stag, Treasure Island, The Tempest, Black Elk Speaks, Fireflies, The Bacchae, Alice in Wonderland, and Aladdin. She was the Music Director of the Brookline Chorus for nine years and taught at the Brookline Music School for many years. She was the founding Artistic Director of the Women’s Chorus of Boston and the Avenue of the Arts Chorale and in 2002 conducted the Boston-area performance of the Rolling Requiem to commemorate the tragedy of September 11.
 
Ms. Watson Born holds a BA degree in Music from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she studied conducting with William Dehning. She moved to Boston and obtained a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory, where her principal teacher was Lorna Cooke DeVaron. She has also studied conducting with Helmuth Rilling and Murry Sidlin, composition with John Heiss and Andrew Imbrie, and voice with Jeanne Segal and Michael Strauss. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two obstreperous dogs, and visits her daughter in Brooklyn, NY as often as possible.