Cantate Young Artists of Color

Anthony D. Anderson Named Inaugural Cantate Young Artist of Color

Takoma Park, Md. — Cantate is proud to announce the new Cantate Young Artists of Color program (CYAC), an ongoing initiative in which Cantate features and mentors a young artist from one of the following categories for one season: vocalists, composers, and conductors.  Artistic leadership of Cantate will partner with an Advisory Council, made up exclusively of established BIPOC artists, to offer mentoring, career guidance, and to help build a professional network for these emerging artists. For the inaugural year, Cantate is honored to name baritone Anthony D. Anderson the 2021-2022 Cantate Young Artist of Color. To launch the program, Anderson presented a recital with pianist Michael Crabill on Sunday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

Mentorship is central to the CYAC program, conceived by Music Director Victoria Gau. One principal mentor will be assigned to the young artist from his or her own discipline. After the first year of participation, each young artist will spend a year on the Advisory Council as a “peer advisor”, thus becoming a resource for the next young artist. Cantate expects these relationships to be ongoing, with the mentorship continuing in a looser format, as well as possible future performance opportunities. Serving on the Advisory Council are conductor Stanley Thurston, composer Carlos Simon, and vocalist Kevin Short.

Anthony AndersonAnthony D. Anderson is a native of the Washington Metropolitan Area and an aspiring African American baritone soloist. The 2016 graduate of the esteemed Duke Ellington School of the Arts performs several styles of music with an affinity for German Lieder. Since his time at Ellington, Anderson has been under the mentorship of coach/pianist Michael Crabill, who has been a key figure in his vocal development. His 2017 recital at his home church, St. Luke’s Episcopal, gained the attention of Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak. She praises him in an article saying “His sumptuous, velvet baritone filled the nave at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Logan Circle with a full body and command of the verses and sentiments.” He is also featured in other segments from the Dallas Observer and on NBC’s Today Show which helped raise a substantial amount of funding for his education and future endeavors.

Anderson currently studies voice under the direction of Timothy Lefebvre at the Oberlin Conservatory.  Following his debut with the Oberlin Opera Theater in the Fall of 2019 as a Mechanical in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, he returned as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in the Spring. Most recently he has performed as the title role in Henry Mollicone’s opera Emperor Norton. In response to the pandemic, Anderson has kept busy learning new skills to better adjust his artistry in the times of COVID-19. With the guidance of theater professor Chris Mirto, Anderson created his “House Is Not A Home” opera theater project which addresses topics of homelessness and minority representation during the roughest times of COVID-19. This fall, he returns to Oberlin for his senior year and prepares for the graduate audition season.

In subsequent seasons, Cantate will invite young artists of color to apply to the program. Applications will be reviewed by the CYAC Advisory Council. Applications for the 2022-2023 program will be available in late 2021. For more information about the CYAC, contact

Cantate, a nonprofit corporation under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, and The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
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