mentioned in New York Times Article “The Woman who Built Beethoven’s Pianos

Anne was pleased to consult and be mentioned by notable writer Patricia Morrisroe in her November 6, 2020 New York times article about Nannette Streicher and her pianos.  You can even find a photo of the replica Nannette Streicher piano from 1816 begun by Margaret Hood and completed by Anne.


Article in JAMIS special AMIS at Fifty: “The Right Stuff? Material changes for New and Antique Musical Instruments”

Anne was very pleased to be invited to contribute to the special American Musical Instrument Society’s 50th anniversary issue resulting in her article “The Right Stuff? Material changes for New and Antique Musical Instruments”, which considers the issues and changes in the materials that go into and even the redefinition of what constitutes a musical instrument, as well as issues of endangered species and restricted toxic components.

Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society: supplement to Volume XLVI: 2020/21

Inaugural Concert of 2021 Acker harpsichord commissioned by Central United Methodist Church of Florence, SC

Savannah Baroque Members Anne Acker, harpsichord and Marcy Brenner, viola da gamba and tenor viol will play works  by anonymous, Dowland, Kerll, Froberger, Marais,Sweelinck, Bach, and Vivaldi and others, for the inaugural concert of the 2021 Acker harpsichord commissioned by Central United Methodist Church of Florence, SC. In person limited attendance. 265 West Cheves Street, Florence, South Carolina 29501 | p: 843-662-3218

April 17, 2021

Central United Methodist Church

265 West Cheves St.

Florence, SC 29501

3 p.m.



Report in Harpsichord & Fortepiano on the 2019 Westfield Center for Historic Keyboard Studies 40th Anniversary Conference

“Collections and Collectors: a report on the 40th Anniversary meeting of the Westfield Center for Historic Keyboard Studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music on 23-26 October 2019” published in  Harpsichord & Fortepiano, vol. 25, no.  (Autumn 2020), Peacock Press, West Yorkshire, UK, pp. 38-39.

Book Review: Hydraulic Musical Automata in Italian Villas and other Ingenia 1400-2000

Book Review published in the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, vol. XLVI (2020), 228-232.

Patricio Barbieri. Hydraulic Musical Automata in Italian Villas and other Ingenia 1400-2000. Rome: Gangemi International, 2019, 544 pp. ISBN: 978-88-492-3813-6.


Hood/Acker Fortepiano after Nannette Streicher, 1816

I had the pleasure and duty to take on the completion of Margaret Hood’s unfinished last piano.  After all, it is a design by a woman, Nannette Streicher, daughter of the famous piano Viennese maker Andreas Stein, the replica was begun by a woman, so, as I told Margaret’s husband after her too early passing, a woman needs to finish it.  I had it playing for its debut at the 2019 Boston Early Music Festival, but have continued to refine it’s workings, and plan to restring it this coming summer with Stephen Birkett’s Historic Music Wire and releather it with historically made leather from Jason Leininger.  then look out!  I’m practicing my Schubert!

Publication: “Blending Past and Present: Collections and Collectors” in the Nema Newsletter

“Blending Past and Present: Collections and Collectors”,  Nema Newsletter , ed. Francis Knights vol. iv/1 (Spring 2020) pp. 60-67
A report on a conference of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies in October 2019 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, written for the National Early Music Association.

December 14, 2019: Handel’s Messiah at Wesley Monumental Methodist Church, Savannah

I am delighted to be playing harpsichord and organ continuo for Wesley Monumental Methodist Church’s presentation of Handel’s great work Messiah. Handel’s Messiah Wesley Monumental Methodist Church 429 Abercorn St. Savannah Georgia 31401 Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:30 PM Tickets: $35.00. Available at or the church office. Experience Handel’s magnificent masterpiece, Messiah, in one of Savannah’s beautiful historic churches: Performed by the Wesley Monumental Choir with Orchestra. Part I: Prophecy of the Coming of a Messiah and Christ’s Nativity Part II: Christ’s Suffering, Death, and Resurrection Part III: Affirmation of Christian Faith and Glimpses of Revelation Dr. Monica Harper Dekle, conductor. Tina William, soprano. Claire Watts, mezzo-soprano. Timothy Miller, tenor. Robert Cantrell, bass. Ticket-price is tax deductible, and all proceeds benefit Wesley’s music program. Tickets are also available from the church office or from any choir member. Reduced price tickets for students with a current ID are available from the church office. (above details  clipped and edited from Wesley Monumental’s website)

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Nov. 17, 2019: The Goliards Present Ten Unconventional Women of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Featuring John Hillenbrand, vielle; Marcy Brenner, tenor viol; Cuffy Sullivan and Sheila Berg, vocals; and myself on organ, harpsichord and sinfonye. Sunday, November 17, at 3:00 P.M. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (34th & Abercorn) admission $10.00. For further information, please call (912) 604-8983. The performance will focus on ten women who lived from 1098-1603, whose influence in a phallocratic world was far greater than would normally be expected. Some were musicians and poets: St. Birgitta, St. Hildegard, Maddalena Casulana, Beatritz de Dia, and Christine de Pizan. Others wielded political power and were the inspiration for musical creation: Elizabeth I of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of Spain and Lucrezia Borgia. One (St. Joan of Arc) led her army to Orléans, where she defeated the besieging English and reversed, some might say however temporarily, the course of the Hundred Years’ War. The Goliards will present a rich tapestry of music from this 400 year span, sung in Latin, Occitan (Provençal), Old French, Middle English, Spanish and Italian, with accompaniments by players of replicas of period instruments. The Goliards, now in their 21st year (14th in Savannah) have specialized in the pre-1400 European repertory since their founding, and have now expanded their […]

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Westfield Center for Historic Keyboard Studies 2019 Fall Meeting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music: Blending Past & Present: Collections and Collectors

What a terrific meeting of music, minds, ideas and instruments as always at a Westfield Center meeting! I had the privilege of organizing and chairing a panel titled: Builder/Restorer/Technician and Performer/Player Roundtable. So thrilled to have a notable panel to set to discussions about the present state and future hopes and issues related to continuing progress with historic keyboards, replicas, and performers. A major concern discussed is how to pass on knowledge regarding care and maintenance as many of the groundbreaking builders are aging. With Stephen Birkett, David Breitman, Robert Murphy, John Phillips and Allan Winkler.

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