Anhared Stowe has been with the HSO since 1971, a period when the symphony was transitioning from its community orchestra roots into a dedicated, professional ensemble under Arthur Winograd. Times were different then. “In some ways, Arthur was an old-school taskmaster,” recalls Ann, “and I suppose I should have been flattered when he told me that I ‘played like a man.’” Ms. Stowe began her career with HSO in the first violin section, and became Principal Second Violin in 1979. In 1980 she became the first musician in the orchestra to have an endowed chair. “I am really enjoying playing in the first section again, and I am remaining busy with my other musical activities.” These include her ongoing role as artistic director, violinist, and founder of the New World Trio, which was incorporated as a 501[c]3 in 1986. Hailed as “an exemplar” by Chamber Music America, and “incandescent” by the Hartford Courant, the trio remains one of Hartford’s most honored and enduring independent performing groups. As a performer and recitalist, Ms. Stowe has recorded works on the Opus One Label, as well as non-classical music on other labels in the UK. She has also performed as soloist with orchestras up and down the east coast and midwest. More recently, Ms. Stowe was heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, accompanying the poet Edgar Silex with works of her own composition.
Ann started with the violin while she was in grade school, and was made concertmistress of the Florida All-State Orchestra as a sophomore. That year, she also became a member of the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, and soloed with SSO. Despite this, her rather austere Pennsylvania Dutch Brethren family looked upon the idea of her going to New York in preparation for a life as a professional musician with deep misgivings. “I had to struggle more than a bit to get them to accept the idea.” After graduating from Juilliard, Anhared continued to pursue her passion for chamber music, working with groups such as the Hungarian and Guarneri String Quartets. Later on, she came to Hartford while studying with Charles Treger, and received her Master of Music Degree from The Hartt School soon after joining the HSO.
Ann lives in Hartford’s West End with her husband, and she enjoys the lively neighborhood there. Teaching has always been important to her, and she maintains a private studio for that purpose in her home. Ann feels strongly that taking part in a young person’s growth and development provides a lasting sense of reward and relationship. “I have had the privilege of instructing entire families, and am currently giving lessons to a young man who is the son of a former student.” She also tutored students in Hartford’s public schools for two decades, and is now focused on her two young granddaughters. She says laughingly, “They are tutoring me!”