Deborah J. Anderson grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and began composing at the piano at age 6. As a teenager she continued piano studies as well as voice. In college she majored in languages, later serving in the Peace Corps (Tunisia) where she taught English and studied the Arabic ‘oud and popular Arabic songs. Later she fulfilled a life-long dream of learning to play the English Renaissance lute. After earning a master’s degree in French (University of Washington, Seattle), she taught ESL and French on the college level for a number of years, and from 2000 to 2011 sang in the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union. She enjoys her four adult children, the arts, travel and gourmet cooking. Since 2014 she has served on the Board of Directors of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.

Deborah’s compositions range in setting from solo voice and choir to instrumental ensembles, solo works, duets, trios, chamber works, brass ensemble, and symphonic band with videography. She especially enjoys the challenges of composing for unusual settings. For example, a recent composition for harp, cello and narrator (Solar Flare Enigma) is based on a painting which is displayed during local performances. A new commission (opus 87) will feature clarinet, double bass and soprano voice. Deborah composes intuitively rather than intellectually, and endeavors to engage the musicians as well as the audience in a stimulating flow of moods and experiences. Her compositions are performed world-wide. For more information about her work, see

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