The Inside Voice

The Inside Voice: An Interview with Wynn-Anne Rossi

May 24, 2016

Wynn-Anne Rossi is known to the music world as a talented pianist, dynamic composer, and dedicated music educator. Throughout her life, she has combined her inquisitive nature with a strong work ethic to build an impressive musical career and body of work. Sharing her talents with the world is very important to Ms. Rossi, and we in the music world are very happy she has.

Wynn-Anne Rossi is particularly passionate about teaching composition to young musicians. She feels that one of her greatest talents is the ability to simplify complex ideas to a single “grain,” thus allowing any level learner to understand them. This was the inspiration behind the “Counterpoints” in her Creative Composition Toolbox series. Rossi believes that anyone can learn to write music if given the freedom to find their own voice. Judging by the success of the Toolbox series, many other teachers and students agree with her.

That idea of giving children a voice through music is central to Wynn-Anne Rossi’s educational philosophy. Just as children master a language by speaking, reading and writing it, Rossi believes that just listening to or playing music is not enough. Young musicians need to create their own music to deepen their understanding of the art. With her unique approach, Rossi is able to foster the natural creativity of young musicians and use it to help them learn by encouraging them to try any type of music that strikes them.

It was this openness to all music that led Rossi to create her Latin music series, Musica Latina. After writing a piece called Brazilian Nights, Rossi was contacted by E. L. Lancaster from Alfred Music Publishing who asked her to create a series of books geared toward making Latin music accessible for musicians at all levels. Rossi accepted the task and threw her full effort into learning about Latin music, dance, and culture wherever she could. Using her impressive ability to simplify complex musical themes, she was able to successfully create a series of musical books that captures the spirit and flavor of Latin music in a manner that even beginning musicians can play and understand.

Pepper had Wynn-Anne Rossi in to talk about her new ventures and play a few songs with two of our editors. Check out the interview and exclusive performances on our YouTube page.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Nancy Anderson May 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful profile of a gifted artist and musician. Wynn-Anne is doing so much to continue the tradition of musical composition by sharing her knowledge and talent with children – our future composers! Her own compositions have added a rich variety to the piano repertoire – I have purchased some of her music from JW Pepper. You did a marvelous job of sharing her history and talent with the wider audience.

    • Reply Jen Tolnay May 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Nancy, thank you so much for your kind words. I’ll be sure to share them with Wynn-Anne. We’re so glad you enjoyed the blog.

  • Reply Phillip Erklen May 28, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    This is a most wonderful video! The content is perfect, and the audio/video quality is top professional. I have been teaching composition/arranging/orchestration for decades and Wynn-Anne is recognized as one of the leading artists in the United States, if not the world. I will be sharing “The Inside Voice” with our 300 members and sending the link to all the music teachers in the city and other artists I work with. This is a wonderful series and a way that enables technology to reach out to teachers, students, and parents who might not have the opportunity to experience this information. Please add my email for future videos and everything else “J.W. Pepper.” Congratulations, and wishing J.W. Pepper continued success.

    • Reply Jen Tolnay May 31, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Phillip, thank you for your kind words and for sharing our blog!

  • Reply D'Ann Beck June 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Is there any way to get the names of the pieces that Wynn Anne is playing on these videos? They are so pretty, and it would take me forever to search them out online. I would love to invest in some of her compositions for my studio. Thanks.

    • Reply Jen Tolnay June 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Hi D’Ann, thanks for your comment, and your interest in Wynn-Anne’s music. Videos 6-29 are labeled with the names of the pieces. Was there a piece or pieces in the first five videos you want to know about?

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