Masters of Music, Voice Performance & Pedagogy, Emphasis in Therapy
Anitra Coulter Blunt is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a Master’s degree in Music/Voice Performance and Pedagogy, with an Emphasis on Therapy. Anitra has performed a variety of character roles, including Madame Goldnertrille in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor, Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone, Die Konigen der Nacht in Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Cinderella's Mother/ The Voice of Rapunzel in Sondheim's Into the Woods. Before earning her degree from The University of Texas, Anitra graduated from Arts Magnet High School in Dallas, Texas, where she studied visual art, and began her training as a soprano vocalist.
Anitra specializes in the performance and instruction of classical, operatic music, and Kindermusik, but also sings jazz, spiritual, cultural/ethnic music, and children’s music. Her musical expertise encompasses performance, vocal technique, musical analysis, theory, and principle applications of classical music. After receiving her first degree, she began teaching, coaching and performing for organizations and schools throughout Austin. She has been teaching privately for twelve years, and has had the delightful privilege of teaching privately for Leander ISD, and music in the classroom for grades K-12 at Victory Christian Center School. Anitra was afforded the opportunity to build the ground floor as Vocal Arts Director and Kindermusik © Director for Rising Stars Creative Arts Center. In 2003 she became certified as a Kindermusik © Educator. Development of the young child and learning tools for the child with special needs have been areas of deep interest for several years.As a therapist, Anitra has taught and developed programs and specialized learning plans for many individuals with exceptional needs and those who have experienced trauma.
Anitra is aspiring to produce a whole-child children’s show, the home-base of which will be Heartsong Family Enrichment Center, a therapeutic ranch providing arts enrichment and horseback riding therapy. When she is not teaching and performing, Anitra enjoys recording in the studio, acting and voice work, including character voices, commercial singing, and advertising. She also enjoys storytelling and inspiring audiences of all ages through written prose. Ms. Coulter Blunt had the opportunity to be co-writer for an inspiring 2012 film called “Southern Girls”. Most recently, Anitra was a guest soloist in Living Paper Song Project’s “I, Too: The Voices of Langston Hughes.” She performed alongside three-time Grammy award-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert, mezzo-soprano Katherine Altobello, baritone/artistic director Tim O’Brien, and pianist Chien-Lin Lu. The music was paired with original stories, poems, and insights by poet and Langston Hughes scholar Philip Bryant, and was performed to the backdrop of artwork by prominent Harlem Renaissance artists. The project won the award for Best Chamber Performance in the 2017 Austin Critics Table Awards. Anitra was honored to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s, All-Night Vigil with the 2022 Texas BachFestival, directed by Barry Scott Williamson. She was most recently featured as classical and jazz soprano with the Black Divas Concert of 2023 through KMFA and Qi Dada, CEO of Divine and Conjure, LLC
Anitra’s future endeavors include, authoring books for children and families, as well as books focused on total-wellness, and to produce a comprehensive and engaging show for families promoting whole person wellness. Anitra also desires to be an advocate for children with exceptional needs, orphans, and low-income families by offering affordable arts and literary enrichment, giving recitals that raise funds for those families and individuals, creating helpful discussions to bring awareness and enrichment to communities, and launching programs that empower, champion, and care for them.