Dr. Jill Anderson holds a B.A. degree in Music/Voice from Pomona College, an M. M. degree in Opera from the University of Southern Californa, and a D.M.A. degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
She is best known as the founder and director of the local opera company Pacific Repertory Opera (now Opera SLO). In this position, Jill produced more than 35 operas over 23 years (1985-2008), many of which she conducted.
As a professional ensemble singer, Jill performed for ten seasons with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, and for six seasons with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Locally, she has appeared as a chorister and soloist with the Cuesta Master Chorale, the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (now Festival Mozaic).
Jill is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Canzona Women’s Ensemble, a 24-voice choral group now in its fifth season. She spent ten years on the Music Faculty at Cuesta College, where she taught voice classes and applied music from 2002-2013.
Craig Russell and Jill Anderson host a weekly glimpse into the recording archives of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey County performing arts organizations. In addition to outstanding moments from concerts past, we’ll learn about upcoming events and speak with the people who make the music.