ANNIE WOLAVER DUPRE – MASTER TEACHER
Annie Wolaver is a renowned violinist, Juilliard pre-college graduate, and recording artist with a diverse musical and stylistic background. She was born in 1983 in Waco, Texas. After her parents moved to Nashville, TN, she started violin lessons at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Annie’s connection with the violin was immediate. In the spring of 1995, at the age of twelve, she made her solo debut with orchestra as the winner of the Nashville Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition, an accomplishment she would repeat in 1996 and 1998.Annie also began participating in the Aspen Music Festival, an intense summer program for serious classical musicians from around the world, where she was a scholarship student for five years. In 1996, she was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Junior High String Competition. In addition, she was the winner of the Blount Concerto Competition, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, at thirteen years of age, a pleasure she would repeat the following year as a featured soloist on the MSO’s Outreach Concert Series.
Annie’s drive, combined with her parent’s continued encouragement, support and vision, soon led her to the Cincinnati Conservatory, and ultimately to New York City and the violin studio of Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School in 1999. That same year, Annie was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Senior High String Competition. She served as concertmistress of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and as a chamber musician has performed in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Annie was also privileged to be one of 13 violinists awarded scholarships upon acceptance into the Juilliard School’s Collegiate Division.
In the year 2000, she founded the Annie Moses Band with her family as lead singer and violinist. Nine years later, with over 10 albums to their credit and performing 90 concerts a year, the Annie Moses Band continues to spread its message of artistic and spiritual excellence to audiences across America. The flagship enterprise for their mission is the Fine Arts Summer Academy, a two week intensive program culminating in an original Broadway style performance, offering students a high level of skill and a diverse array of styles. Annie feels profoundly blessed to be part of the Annie Moses Band and looks forward to a bright future as a musical leader.
Gretchen Wolaver is a multi-talented professional musician, performing as a violinist, mandolinist, guitarist, and singer. As a member of the Annie Moses Band, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in January of 2012.
At the age of four, she began her studies in violin at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. After her family moved to Connecticut, she continued her studies at The School For Strings in Manhattan. She began to study mandolin at the age of eleven, with pedagogues Butch Baldassari and Matt Flinner of Nashville, TN. At the age of twelve she began touring the country with her family.
Through the Annie Moses Band, Gretchen has performed in over 1000 hours on PBS. She has also performed on TBN, DayStar, The 700 Club, as well as many other TV networks. With the band, she performs before over 100,000 people a year. The group recently made their debut at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.