A native New Yorker, Anne Halloran Tortora is committed to making quality music within the learning process that is unique to the ensemble experience. She is currently serving as the Director of Music & Liturgy in the Office of Campus Ministry at Fairfield University, and the Director of Music at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London, CT.

Anne completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Connecticut. After teaching in the public and private sectors, she completed her Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Wind Conducting at The Hartt School. With coursework in support of the Doctor of Musical Arts, her studies included the Major in Music Education, Cognate in Instrumental Conducting and Minor in Psychology/Education. Anne has spent extensive time studying and providing direction in curriculum design, as well as in the development, interpretation and application of valid assessments. She is currently pursuing the Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership at Creighton University.

Anne's podium time has ranged from working as a clinician and festival conductor with middle and high school musicians to her appearance as guest conductor with the United States Coast Guard Band. Her comfort, facility and competence with all ensembles is evidenced through her work with wind bands, orchestras and choral ensembles, as well as her activities as a solo and ensemble adjudicator throughout New England. Anne's performance credits also include serving as music director, pianist/keyboardist and arranger for a broad spectrum of stage productions ranging from professional and regional theatre companies to educational settings, as well.

Her teaching experiences at The Hartt School included courses in Pedagogy through the Music Education Division as well as Conducting, and included the direction of the University of Hartford Pep Band (D-1). Anne's dedication to music education for all students is evident through her work in both public and private schools. During her tenure at St. Bernard High School in Uncasville, CT, the Saints achieved a number of significant goals and received superior accolades ranging from those within the State to those outside the U.S. borders. Anne takes pride in having guided the Saints to reclaiming their standing as the only Catholic high school in the State of Connecticut with a competitive marching band.

Anne is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Directors Symposium, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the National Association for Lay Ministry.

Anne's conducting teachers include Glen Adsit, Paul Phillips, Gary Green, Peter Bagley and Tim Reynish. A past recipient of a CBDNA Gender and Ethnic Scholarship, she has been a participant in a number of conducting seminars including the Wind Band Conducting Course held at the Canford Summer School of Music in Sherborne, England.

Anne has had the pleasure of serving as the Director of Bands and Lecturer of Music at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD., conducting the Mount's Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and Athletic Band (D-1), and teaching academic courses through the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in support of the Core Curriculum.

Seeking opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, Anne is presently researching texts and melodies for her current compositional project "Eshet Chayil." Among her hobbies, she enjoys photography and is pleased to be able to share some of her work on this site.