The Music Center
The Music Center

battle creek symphony

Anne Harrigan
music director anne harrigan

Over the past twenty years, Anne Harrigan has earned a reputation throughout the country for her innovative programming, commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement. Anne Harrigan began her tenure as Music Director of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra in 2003. During her tenure she has delivered performances that combine precision, passion and eloquence. Her commitment to innovation in programming has resulted in groundbreaking multi-disciplinary programs that have attracted national attention. These include the United States premiere of Shaun Davey's "A Brendan Voyage", a concerto for uilleann pipes and orchestra with the renowned piper Christopher Layer; collaborations with Alexander Streltsov, aerialist, silent movies with live orchestra, live video projections of performances, and Peter Boyer's "Ellis Island: Dream of America" chronicling the journey of seven immigrants through Ellis Island. In addition to her leadership role with the Battle Creek Symphony, Ms. Harrigan has previously held posts as music director of the acclaimed Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (1983-2004), and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra (1994-2005). Recent guest conducting engagements have included the Richmond, Annapolis, Arlington, Lansing, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, the Indianapolis and Missouri Chamber Orchestras, the Naples Philharmonic and cover conducting for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with exceptional artists such as Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein and Janos Starker. In May, 2005, Ms. Harrigan was selected to become the Music Director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra. According to the chairman of the board, "Ms. Harrigan was ranked first by the musicians of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, and unanimously endorsed by the Board of Directors." Ms. Harrigan resides in Rockford, Michigan with her husband, Eric Hudson and daughter, Erin. When not conducting, she enjoys bicycling and cross-country skiing.