Get to know Anya
What are you doing in school?
"I'm seeking an English and Government & Politics (IR) double degree at the University of Maryland, which I complete in the Spring of '22. I also started my Master of Public Policy degree this year, which I hope to complete in the Fall of '23. I will complete my Minor in Vocal Performance next semester!"
How long have you been singing in choirs?
What is your favorite musical memory?
"Making up acapella songs with my choir and randomly singing them in public places, like in New York City."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
"Well, since you ask, I must say I break it down to the Veggie Tales theme song pretty well. Outside of music, my hobbies include lifting, crafts, reading, cooking, language study, and trying not to kill my plants. I love traveling and am always down for an adventure, especially if it involves great cuisine or a nice walk."
Who is your favorite composer? Why?
"Paul Mealor! I met him and hands down he is the best person. He told some amazing stories, was super friendly, and invited some of the Lux members to drink with him until he realized we were all under 21 (thanks Reagan). His music is beautiful and I love singing it. I hope to see that legend again someday. A true homie if there ever was one."
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
"Recently, I've been listening to a lot of Nujabes and Angele. Nujabes (Jun Seba) was a Japanese artist who combined a lot of hip-hop and jazz. I highly recommend you check out his album Modal Soul. Angèle is a newish French artist who combines pop, rap, and electric sounds. Her first album, Brol, was released in 2018!"
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"What a Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers and Dragonball Durag by Thundercat."
What's your favorite book you've read?
"Three timeless stories for me are the John Carter of Mars Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan. I'm currently reading The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam."
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 for twelve seasons, and plans on many more. Anya 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. Anya currently sings with the University of Maryland School of Music's most select choral ensemble, Chamber Singers. She is an English and Government & Politics (IR) dual degree, and Master of Public Policy student. Anya studies voice under Jennifer Casey Cabot and studied piano under Margaret Bunuan. She also has enjoyed a large piano studio of her own. Anya is self-taught on the guitar and ukulele, using those skills mostly to walk around the house strumming on her instruments and purposefully singing off-key to remind her family and her dog that she loves them.
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