A native New Yorker, Ms. Lewin received her musical training at the High School of Music and Art, Barnard College and U.C.L.A., where she wrote her masters thesis, “Text Setting in the Songs of Benjamin Britten.” She also took classes at the Juilliard School in opera coaching and jazz improvisation as well as at the Vocal Arts Institute at the Manhattan School of Music and a seminar for pianists by the noted piano pedagogue Dorothy Taubman at the 92nd Street Y.
Among the noted instructors she worked with are Alberta Masiello, Felix Popper, Joan Dornemann and Natalie Limonick in opera coaching; Alan Marks and Elisabeth Moschetti in advanced piano; Roy Harris in composition and orchestration; Rudolf Thomas in conducting and score reading and Edith Gordon Ainsburg in voice studies.
She has worked as assistant conductor and coach/pianist for over 50 opera productions in the United States for New Orleans Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Colorado, Michigan Opera Theater, Mississippi Opera, Opera Carolina and Vancouver Opera. Conductors for these productions have included Anton Coppola, Klauspeter Seibel, Arthur Fagen, Joseph Rescigno, John DeMain, Julius Rudel, Kurt Klipstatter, David Effron and Steven Mercurio. Artists in these productions have included Mignon Dunn, William Lewis, Justino Diaz, John Cheek, Ruth Falcon, Gary Lakes, Marilyn Zschau, Erie Mills, Marilyn Mims, Johanna Meier, Joyce Castle, Sumi Jo, Maria Spacagna and others.
Beginning in 1993, she has been on staff at various Young Artist Training Programs, including Opera Music Theater International (Jerome Hines, Director), Opera Colorado and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was principal coach and lecturer. Since 2000, she has been on the faculty of Mannes College, the New School for Music. In June 2012 Ann Lewin was appointed Visiting Professor at Northwest University for the Nationalities in Lanzhou, China after working there with singers.
In addition, Ms. Lewin has performed many recitals, including 20 with Metropolitan Opera tenor and diction coach Nico Castel throughout the country. She also played for his famous diction classes at the 92nd Street Y for almost 20 years, giving her a special facility for working in the languages needed for singing. Numerous other recitals were performed with various singers, including Metropolitan Opera soprano Louise Wohlafka.
Before concentrating fully on coaching and accompanying, Ms. Lewin worked as a coach, accompanist and adjunct lecturer at the Opera Workshop of Queens College, New York, as a programmer and classical music director for Bob Henaberry Associates and as the Production Coordinator for the Masterworks Department of Columbia Records.
In addition to coaching and accompanying, Ms. Lewin is the author of various papers, including “The French Recitative and Rameau,” an extensive bibliography on “Eighteenth-Century Opera Buffa,” the complete discography for the book “Those Fabulous Philadelphians” by Herbert Kupferberg and numerous liner notes for Columbia Records and Epic Records.
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 2003.