Here’s who I am

Hi there!

My name is Ann Stahmer (aka Sopranoannie.) I am a consultant for non-profit performing arts organizations. I help emerging groups raise their profile and get to where they want to be. I am also a concert producer, which means I pay attention to all those little details that combine to make a successful show. In the last twenty years (How has it been that long!?), I’ve been fortunate enough to have produced concerts and events in many venues, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (my favorite place to work.)

My career has also included five years as the Executive Director of The City Choir of Washington, an incredible chorus in Washington DC, under the direction of Grammy-winning conductor Robert Shafer. My time with TCCW was challenging and very rewarding.

In addition to my day (and night, and weekend) jobs, I am also a professional singer (in whatever style you desire), choral conductor, the music director and arranger for The Sound Foundation (a DC area men’s group), a published composer and writer (, Audiofile Audition), and an adjudicator/clinician for school teachers and their music students. I have had wonderful opportunities to practice my craft and use the college degrees that cost so much money.

For twenty-two years, I was a high school choral music director in public schools in Nevada, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. My students still seem to find me, often decades after I first knew them. Needless to say, this warms my heart. My experiences as an educator provided valuable knowledge and a long list of people I call friends.n Today, I coach other teachers and give what I call “educational survival” workshops. I regard teachers as true heroes, especially in this age of ever-changing attempts to stay relevant.

In my spare time (what’s that?), I have become a paper crafter and blogger.

I learned to scrapbook out of necessity during a project I volunteered for ten years ago. I found that I loved working with paper and went on to design boxes and cards. I have recently expanded my crafting to include word art. In the process, I’m met so many talented, caring people that I might never have had the privilege to know otherwise. There is so much talent out there!

My husband has written an award-winning educational blog ( for several years. Through following his writing, I came to appreciate the value of communicating in this unique way; so I decided to give it a try. Blogging is addictive and I’m glad to be back doing it.

Thanks for reading my ramblings and commenting on my writing and designs. And, please keep coming back – I have more.

  1. Hi Ann…my name is also Ann and I am also an educator. My “clientele” consists of 11th & 12th graders in NYC. My subects are U.S. History, Government and Economics. I find that paper crafting, especially scrapbooking, is a way to keep my creative juies flowing.I’m glad I found your blog. Your various boxes are great, and I’m seriously considering purchasing SCAL. I was afraid it might be too difficult for a semi-literate computger person, but I think I’m ready to “go for it.”

    • Hi Ann!

      You have my admiration for staying with teaching.

      I know you can master SCAL. I feel like I have only touched the surface of what the program can do. If I can do it, so can you, so go for it.

  2. Hi, I just want to say that I LOVE you work!!!!!!!!

    I would like to know if you have work your magic on boxes on 12 x 24 paper? thanks and again your work is the best! take care, Jay

    • I have not yet tried to design boxes on the 12″ x 24″ mat, although I do own a set of those. I’ll have to buy some 12″ x 24″ card stock and try some designs.

      Thanks for the compliment and also for getting my mind going in that direction.

  3. I was wandering through the nostalgia neighborhood in my brain, and stumbled across the name Ann Stahmer. Were you the chorus instructor at R. O. Gibson JHS in Las Vegas at some point? If so, you’re one of the teachers I remember best from all of the schools I attended after the dragging around the Air Force did to my family. šŸ™‚


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