Congratulations to Anqwenique Wingfield, our Education Director, as she is honored as a 2017 member of Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40! An influential arts educator in Pittsburgh, Anqwenique is very active as an artist, teacher, consultant, program manager, and advisor, working passionately with youth of all ages.
As Pittsburgh Festival Opera's Education Director, she oversees early childhood programs both in schools and communities, including the innovative Opera Tots! program and the Festival's work in the acclaimed collaborative Buzzword Pittsburgh program. In 2016–17, she was an integral force in the planning and execution of our workshops for the world premiere of A Gathering of Sons, performing new excerpts and leading talkbacks with guest cross-disciplinary experts and activists.
Anqwenique is vice-president of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and is the Studio Manager at BOOM Concepts. An extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul, she has performed lead operatic roles such as Magda Sorel in Carl Menotti’s The Consul, Hanna Glawari in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Anqwenique sang the role of Francie/Frankie in the world premier of the new opera Mercy Train, composed by Doug Levine to a libretto by Julie Tosh. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In 2015, Anqwenique was recognized as one of Whirl Magazine’s 13 under 30, individuals who epitomize the evolving professional landscape in Pittsburgh, representing a variety of fields and backgrounds. Her dedication to community was featured in the Heinz Endowments’ h Magazine for her work with Gwen’s Girls. She also assisted the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in their yearly fundraising campaign, sharing her story as an emerging artist in Pittsburgh. In 2014 Anqwenique was nominated for the Carol R. Brown Award as an Emerging Artist, and 2013 she was recognized as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab40 under 40.
Read more at her website, where you can sign up to follow Anqwenique's local appearances: anqwenique.com
You can meet the 39 other outstanding Pittsburghers in this year's 40 Under 40 program on Pittsburgh Magazine's website.