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Quinn Patrick Ankrum

Mezzo soprano

Quinn Patrick Ankrum is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, Professional Singer, and Voice Teacher living in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. She teaches on the Voice Faculty at the renowned College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. She has a passion for Musicians' Health and Wellness, and wants to connect with you to help you discover joyful expression in your music-making!

Photo Credit: Jeannie Lovett Barrick

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About Me

An avid promoter of health and wellness for musicians, Mezzo-soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum has been a student of the Alexander Technique since 1998, and a student of Body Mapping since 2008. A Licensed Body Mapping Educator since 2021, she teaches a semester-long course in Body Mapping at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as a Mind-Body for Musicians course.  She offers workshops in Body Mapping to musicians and music educators of all levels and areas of interest.

As a voice teacher, Ankrum is committed to providing a dynamic environment for her students to learn healthy technique so there are no barriers to their ability to sing and communicate with expressivity and freedom. She has been teaching voice since 2000, both privately and in Higher Education.  She has served on the faculties of SUNY Fredonia (NY), Nazareth College (Rochester, NY), and Texas Tech University (Lubbock). She joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2017 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice. She maintains a studio of undergraduate and graduate students studying both Classical and Musical Theatre techniques; her students garner attention as they perform around the country. 

Still an active performer, Mezzo-soprano Quinn Patrick Ankrum has sung a wide variety of repertoire spanning the centuries, in a multitude of venues throughout the United States and abroad. Favorite roles include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Zerlina (Le nozze di Figaro), Meg (Adamo’s Little Women), and Maddalena (Rigoletto). She created the role of the Mother in Jefferson Todd Frazier's groundbreaking new opera Breath of Life. Equally at home on the concert stage, favorite works include Bach’s Mass in b minor, Mozart’s Mass in c minor, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Handel’s Messiah. Recent seasons have included Messiah with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra; Luciano Berio’s Folksongs, William Walton’s Façade, Steve Danyew's Alcott Songs, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with ensembles at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; recitals in Ohio, Oklahoma, and New York (Fredonia); solo appearances the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, and programs of works from the Oratorio and American song repertoire in the Lorn Live Chamber Music Festival (Oban, Scotland), and in the Sing Northumbria Festival in Northern England.

Ankrum has collaborated with pianist Elizabeth Avery since 2007, and the duo champion the works of living American composers; they are co-creators of Living Song Project, a unique online database that promotes the art song and vocal chamber music of living American composers. In addition, they recently premiered a commissioned song cycle by Oregon-based composer Lisa Neher, No One Saves the Earth from Us but Us, which they plan to take on tour in future seasons.

Quinn Patrick Ankrum received her training at Trinity University (San Antonio), the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Eastman School of Music, and was a Young Artist in the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program and the Baltimore Opera Studio. She was a Finalist and Winner in numerous regional and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (Rocky Mountain Region) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) competition.  


ABME (Board Member)


Pi Kappa Lambda and Mu Phi Epsilon

Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble (core member)

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My Teaching



I am passionate about teaching voice, and have almost 25 years of experience working with both amateur and professional singers. My philosophy puts the student at the center, and I strive to create a safe environment to empower people to achieve their goals. Working within the context of the mind-body connection, I integrate technical and expressive work in each lesson. My students can be seen on stages around the US. I am available for masterclasses!

Photo: Voice Masterclass at the University of Oklahoma at Norman

Body Mapping

I am a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, and have been a student of the Alexander Technique since 1998. I work with singers, instrumentalists, conductors, and ensembles to help them achieve freedom and ease of movement and rise to heights of greater creative expression. I am available to teach the day-long course What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body, shorter workshops, and masterclasses.

Photo: Workshop at the Cincinnati Voice Institute

Credit: Howard Helvey

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My Singing

Performing is balm for my soul!  I have been singing professionally since 1998, and enjoy collaborating with other musicians in concert, opera, vocal chamber music, and art song. I am a core member of the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, and have a passion for anything and everything I'm working on. You can listen to my singing here, or watch me in action below. 

Photo: Kilbourn Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, with Gregory Millar

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Steve Danyew: Alcott Songs
L'incoronazione di Poppea, Act II Scene 5
University of Cincinnati Fine Arts at Four, November 10, 2020
Heggie:  The Deepest Desire (part II)
Vlad Burlea Oglinda, Quinn Patrick Ankrum
CCM Philharmonia’s Season-Opening Concert (Sept. 12, 2020)
No One Saves the Earth from Us But Us
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