Anderson, Deborah

Deborah Anderson (b. 1950)

Deborah Anderson grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and began composing as a small child.  Her studies over the years have included piano, voice, the Arabic ‘oud and the English lute, as well as seven foreign languages. She earned her B.A. in French (Lawrence University ’73, magna cum laude) following a year and a half in France. From 1975-1977 she served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. After completing her M.A. in French (University of Washington, ’79) she taught on the college level.  World-wide travels have influenced her music, and she especially enjoys the challenge of writing for unusual combinations of instruments. To date, almost thirty pieces have been published - many by ALRY - and Anderson’s work has placed in three competitions.  Visit her web site at