Get to know Anya
What are you doing in school?
"I'm currently getting my Masters in Public Policy, specializing in Data Science at the University of Maryland (UMD). I'm also a Graduate Assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs at UMD and an Office Automation Clerk Pathways Intern in the Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS."
How long have you been singing in choirs?
"Since fifth grade :)"
What is your favorite musical memory?
"Definitely recording an album with Paul Mealor in the Summer '22 season! He was an incredibly kind and humble man who was a pleasure to work with and learn from. I had so much fun recording with Paul and I sometimes still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that he gave us this amazing opportunity."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
"Beyond my intended career in research and policy, my current interests include crafting, hiking/camping, lifting, biking, reading, traveling, and trying not to kill my plants. I'm also a big fan of trying new dishes from various cuisines, saying I'm going to make this dish at home, and then never making said dish."
Who is your favorite composer? Why?
"Paul Mealor :)"
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"Pour Que J'm'elance by Uncle Chris."
If all of the appliances in your kitchen came to life, which would they elect as their leader?
"My Instant Pot. She's my pride and joy."
What's your favorite sports team?
"My favorite basketball team is the Kansas Jayhawks."
What's your favorite thing about singing in Lux?
"What more can I ask for than an opportunity to create beautiful music with my friends? I am very grateful to be able to sing with such wonderful people who are dedicated to sharing this joy together."
What's your favorite song you've sung with Lux?
"Probably Alleluia (The Rose) by Cole Reyes. This was a beautiful project that has kept me going through a COVID year with little opportunity to sing with other people."
What's the most interesting fact about you?
"I don't know if this is the most interesting fact, but a cool one is that my great-great-grandmother was supposed to board the Titanic and missed her boarding time. I don't know if I'd be here if she'd have made it..."
Anya Trudeau has been with Lux since its first coed season, and plans on many more. She has been singing in school choirs since age 10, but howling along obnoxiously to Whitney Houston's discography since before she can remember. At St. John's College High School, she sang with Advanced Vocal Studies (AVS), which performed in the Bahamas, Carnegie Hall, and won first place at Festival Disney. Outside of school, Anya sang with the Honors Youth Choir of the Choral Arts Society of Washington under Brandon Straub, performing at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Scott Tucker, and at Tanglewood alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit. Additionally, Anya studied piano under Margaret Bunuan, and has enjoyed a piano studio of her own. During her undergraduate career at the University of Maryland, Anya sang with the School of Music's most select choral ensemble, Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Edward Maclary. She also completed a Voice Minor under the direction of Professor Jennifer Casey Cabot. Anya graduated with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Government & Politics, International Relations and English Literary & Cultural Studies in the Spring of 2022. She is currently working towards a Master of Public Policy degree, specializing in Data Science, to be completed in Spring of 2023. While Anya's career aspirations remain largely focused in the field of research and policy, she will forever search for opportunities to sing beautiful music with others, as well as purposefully sing off-key to remind her family and her dog that she loves them.
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