Anna DeGraff


Visiting Assistant Professor in Music and Music - Vocal

Nebraska native Anna DeGraff is a versatile mezzo whose stage credits include such varied roles as Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Ado Annie (Oklahoma!), and Susan ([title of show]). A frequent recitalist and a strong proponent of contemporary music, she has participated in several workshops and premieres of operatic and art song works by contemporary composers such as Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Robert Owens, Kurt Knecht, and Jocelyn Hagen. 

Dr. DeGraff holds a BM in voice, a BA in psychology, and a minor in musical theatre from the University of Nebraska where she studied with soprano Donna Harler-Smith, and MM and DMA degrees in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota where she studied with tenor John De Haan. Her voice has been described as having “great expressive power, errant and wild” (Duluth News Tribune), while her characterizations have been described from “comely” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) to “cute, quirky, and flirty” (Lincoln Journal Star).

For four years, DeGraff sang with the Lincoln-based Blues Messengers and can be heard on their live album, Trouble in Mind, on Midnight Blue Records. One reviewer noted, “Singer Anna DeGraff tenderly fills the spacious room with the blues. She warms her audience with a voice so sultry you feel guilty for listening.” (Lincoln Journal Star) 

DeGraff has won the NATS Nebraska Artist Award and the Waterford Festival of Light Opera Best Female Singer Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Stratton Fellowship and holds memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Iota, Golden Key Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. She teaches voice and music courses at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.


MM, DMA from UMN-Twin Cities; BA, BM from UNL

Areas of Expertise

Music, Voice, Opera, and Blues

Courses Taught

MUS-103 (Aural and Keyboard Skills I), MUS-111 (Music Theory I), MUS-129 (Voice Class), MUS-248 (Voice), and MUS-348 (Voice)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-348 Voice 8 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-248 Voice 8 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-129 Voice Class 4 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-103 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 3 2020/FA and 2019/FA
MUS-111 Music Theory I 2 2020/FA and 2019/FA
MUS-330 Vocal Techniques for Instrumental Majors 1 2020/SP