B i o g r a p h y
ANA FLAVIA ZUIM, Ph.D.
Ana Flavia is an Award Winning Musical Director, an accomplished Conductor, Pianist, Vocologist and Electric Bassist. She is a Music Assistant Professor and serves as Director of Vocal Performance at the Steinhardt School - New York University.
A native of Brazil, Ana Flavia moved to the United States in 2003 after completing her Bachelors degree in music at the State University of Londrina (UEL). She now holds a Masters in piano performance (Lynn University - 2006), a Doctorate in Fine and Performing Arts (Florida Atlantic University - 2012) and a Vocology certification (University of Utah - 2015).
Interested in the intricacy of the vocal mechanism, she serves as an active researcher and is a member of PAVA (Pan American Vocology Association), as well as NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and the Musician's Union. She was a guest faculty member at the Summer Vocology Institute at the University of Utah in 2017.
Prior to joining the NYU faculty Ana Flavia served as Director of Contemporary Voice at the Frost School of Music with a secondary appointment as Lecturer of Otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami.
Among her credits are the Broadway musical Hamilton (rehearsal pianist), the Broadway Across America National and International tours of Billy Elliot - The Musical (Associate Conductor/Vocal Coach), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Keys) in which she was a part of the professional team launching the tour, The Wizard of Oz (Keys), Annie (Keys), Matilda (Keys), The Sound of Music (Keys) and Kinky Boots (Keys).
Ana Flavia also music directed Billy Elliot at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine during the summer of 2014, working with Broadway director B.T. McNicholl and choreographer Adam Pelty. In 2015 she received an IRNE Award for Best Musical Director for her outstanding work at the Ogunquit Playhouse's production of Billy Elliot. She also music directed the Maltz Jupiter Theatre production of Billy Elliot in 2015, working alongside director Matt Lenz and choreographer Greg Graham, for which she was nominated for a Carbonell Award (2016).
Besides being an outstanding and accomplished pianist, vocologist, conductor and musical director, Ana Flavia also plays the electric bass and has toured Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and also worked as a bass player on musical theatre productions in the USA since 2003.
Winner of the Florida Atlantic University Concerto Competition, Ana Flavia has been invited to perform George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches as a guest soloist and has also performed abroad, including solo concerts in her native country, Brazil.
Her dissertation, entitled “Speech Inflection in American Musical Theatre Compositions,” is of great value to musical theatre students. It includes interviews with composers such as: Stephen Flaherty, Alan Menken, John Bucchino, Larry O’Keefe, among others. It brings the reader to an awareness of prosody, while it demonstrates the different approaches of various composers.