Annella Winger, Director - Poco Voce

Annella Winger

Annella Winger was the original director of Poco Voce in 2005-2007. She returned to this role in 2016. Mrs. Winger was the music specialist at Ben Franklin Elementary School for 34 years, retiring in June 2015. Through the North Dakota Teacher Support System, Mrs. Winger has been serving as a mentor for first year music educators as well as experienced teachers during her retirement. She also continues to work for the Grand Forks Public Schools in a variety of different capacities. Mrs. Winger was honored to receive the North Dakota Music Educator of the Year Award in 2015; the WDAZ “Teachers Making a Difference” Award in April 2014; the VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award for North Dakota in 2013; and the Service to Children Award from the Ben Franklin Elementary PTO in 1995. She has shared her passion for music education by being a presenter for numerous organizations throughout the state. Mrs. Winger played clarinet with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony from 1978-2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota. Being a lifelong resident of this community, she cherishes spending time with the four generations of her family who all reside in Grand Forks.