Ann Usher is a Professor of Music at The University of Akron and Director of the School of Music, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate choral music education classes. Before her appointment as Director, she also supervised student teachers, and directed the University Singers. In 2012-13 she also served as Interim Director of the School of Dance, Theater, and Arts Administration. Prior to joining the Akron faculty, she taught public school choral music for eleven years, specializing in the middle school level.
In addition to her university duties, Dr. Usher also directs the Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus. This select treble choir of 5th - 9th graders performs throughout the year with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus at Severance Hall. During the summer, the chorus performs at the Blossom Music Festival. The Cleveland Orchestra Children's Chorus also performed for the OMEA Professional Conference in 2003 and the OCDA Summer Conference in 2009.
Dr. Usher served on the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Adjudicated Events Committee from 1999-2013 in many roles, including chair of the committee. She was district president for OMEA District VII, and is an active adjudicator for OMEA in voice and piano. With Dr. Laurie Lafferty, she co-chaired the 2006 OMEA North Coast Professional Conference which involved over ten thousand teachers, students, clinicians, and exhibitors. She served for six years as the Junior High Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ohio Choral Directors Association and four years as the Youth/Student Activities chair for OCDA. Active as a clinician and adjudicator, Ann Usher holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master of music degree in choral conducting and a doctorate in music education from Kent State University. Ann lives in Medina, OH, with her husband, Tom, daughter Kelsey, and twin boys Adam and Logan.