WCW December 2014
In This Issue
Our area is a magnet for professionals from the business, education, arts, technology, and sports fields. Some live in the spotlight; others live quietly. Only a few people know that a world-renowned groundbreaker for not only women, but also for women of color resides in the area.
As the first African-American female principal player in a major symphony orchestra, Ann joined the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 21 playing second harp. A year later Arthur Fieldler, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, suggested that she audition for the Boston Pops where she became a principal and also the second principal harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Later she became the principal harpist of the Boston Symphony where she remained for 40 years until her semi-retirement in 2009.