Ann McCutchan is an essayist, journalist, memoirist, biographer, librettist, and musician. Of her five books, the earliest are a biography of French flute virtuoso Marcel Moyse (1994) and The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process (1999) -- both important contributions to the literature of music and creativity. In 2011, she published two titles: Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life, and River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, an eco-biography of Louisiana musician Earl Robicheaux and the vanishing Atchafalaya River Basin he preserves and celebrates in sound. Where's the Moon? A Memoir of the Space Coast and the Florida Dream was released in 2016. Her sixth book,The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, is scheduled for publication with W.W. Norton in February 2021.
As a librettist, Ann recently completed Swan's Inlet, an opera based on an original story, in collaboration with composer Mark Alan Taggart (March 2018 premiere, Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC) and Purewater, a chamber opera based on André Gide's novella La Symphonie Pastorale, with composer Andrew Rudin, originally set for performance by the CCO June 4, 2020, in New York and postponed due to the coronavirus. In November 2019 Circle of Light, a choral anthem with composer Anne Guzzo, was premiered at the University of Wyoming; the work celebrated 150 years of women's suffrage in Wyoming. She is once more collaborating with Mark Alan Taggart on The Dreamer, a one-act chamber opera to be premiered via Zoom in spring, 2021.
Personal Essay:Reaching for the End of Time, published in Image and The Best American Spiritual Writing. Read it here.