Quinn  Ankrum

Quinn Patrick Ankrum

Assoc Professor

Associate Professor of Voice

Dieterle Vocal Arts Cntr


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Professional Summary

Celebrated for her strong lyric voice, sizzling coloratura facility and engagingly sincere personality, mezzo-soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum has performed a wide variety of repertoire spanning the centuries from Claudio Monteverdi to John Harbison. She has sung with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States, as well as with the National Orchestra of Mexico in Mexico City.

She is a versatile artist, and enjoys collaborating on the operatic, recital and concert stages. Recent seasons have included a Messiah with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra; Luciano Berio’s Folksongs, William Walton’s Façade, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrended Gesellen with ensembles at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; recitals in Ohio, Oklahoma, and New York (Fredonia); and programs of works from the Oratorio and American song repertoire in the Lorn Live Chamber Music Festival (Oban, Scotland), and in the inaugural Sing Northumbria Festival in Northern England.  Favorite opera roles include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Zerlina (Le nozze di Figaro), Meg (Adamo’s Little Women), and Maddalena (Rigoletto). Equally at home on the concert stage, favorite works include Bach’s Mass in b minor, Mozart’s Mass in c minor, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Handel’s Messiah. 
Ankrum has collaborated with pianist Elizabeth Avery since 2007, and the duo champion the works of living American composers; they are co-creators of Living Song Project, a unique online database that promotes the art song and vocal chamber music of living American composers. In addition, they recently premiered a commissioned song cycle by Oregon-based composer Lisa Neher, No One Saves the Earth from Us but Us, which they plan to take on tour in future seasons.
Ankrum received degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio (BM, MAT), the University of Colorado at Boulder (MM) and the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music (DMA), where she studied with Robert McIver. She was a Young Artist in the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program and the Baltimore Opera Studio, and participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.

She has been a finalist and winner in numerous regional and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (Rocky Mountain Region) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards competition (2nd place winner, 2006). She has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Nazareth College (Rochester, New York) and Texas Tech University (Lubbock). She joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2017 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice, where she maintains a studio of undergraduate and graduate students studying both Classical and Musical Theatre techniques. In addition, she provides coaching for vocal chamber music and teaches classes in Body Mapping and Mind-Body Medicine.

Further information may be found on her personal website:


BM, MAT: Trinity University San Antonio, Texas,

MM: University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado,

DMA: University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music Rochester, New York,

Research Support

Grant: #R40757 Investigators:Ankrum, Quinn 04-01-2021 -04-30-2022 UC's AHSS Our House Is On Fire (Inspired by Greta Thunberg, dedicated to her generation and those who will follow) Role:PI $9,900.00 Active Level:Internal UC


Published Books

Forrest, David and Emily Yates, Quinn Patrick Ankrum, Stacey Jocoy (Eds.) (2017. ) Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium .Newcastle upon Tyne , Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Co-Editor)