Anne Pell

A Bainbridge Island resident since 1994, Ms. Pell received her BFA in jazz piano from Cornish College of the Arts in 2005, graduating summa cum laude.   She previously studied piano, voice and music theory at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has attended the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend twice.  In 2009 she was accepted into the Sarteano Choral Conducting Workshop led by acclaimed British conductor Simon Carrington, held in Tuscany, Italy.  She was again able to attend in July 2011.

In 2010 Ms. Pell became the music director and conductor of Schola NovaSchola Nova is a group of about 20 women who sing Evensong at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.  The music is sung a capella and is best described as contemplative, consisting of plainsong, anthems, psalms, motets, and Taize chants.  In 2012 Ms. Pell became the director of the Compline Choir, an a capella choir of about 15 men who also sing at Saint Barnabas.  Compline, also called Night Prayer, is the last of the traditional daily services sung by monastic communities and dates back to at least the 8th century.

In the summer of 2013 she founded Amabile, a larger mixed choir group dedicated to expressing love through choral music.

Ms. Pell has worked as a full-time private piano instructor on Bainbridge Island for almost 20 years, specializing in jazz, blues, and classical music, composition/arranging classes, theory, and jazz ensembles.  She performs in myriad gig settings including jazz clubs, private parties, local fundraisers, concerts, and private recitals, playing solo piano or with a jazz trio or quartet.  Ms. Pell has worked as a professional accompanist for over 30 years.  She was the accompanist for The Bainbridge Chorale for 14 years.

Ms. Pell has been composing, arranging and interpreting music for many years: her original works include choral compositions, liturgical chants and hymns, piano duets, Christmas songs, a flute and piano suite, and various jazz tunes.  Her new arrangement of Bach’s Cello Suite in G, for jazz quartet with viola, debuted in 2009.

In November 2009 Ms. Pell instituted the annual “For Our Children” benefit concerts.   All proceeds go to Helpline House’s Children’s Enrichment Fund, a fund created by Ms. Pell specifically for arts and music education for children and teens in our community.