"....bass clarinet played with masterful clarity." - The Lima News
Annaka Hogelin is an active musician and educator. In 2018 she founded Cairn Music, a chamber ensemble that provides music for weddings and other events, primarily serving Estes Park, CO and the surrounding vicinity. She performs alto saxophone with the Estes Park Village Band.
In 2019, Annaka completed a recording project called Training Groove, in which she collaborated with composers and other performers to create and recording new music, designed to help runners maintain a high step frequency as they step to the beat of the music.
She loves building relationships with her audiences through personal connections and storytelling. In 2017, Annaka gave three performances of Joan Tower's Wings where she introduced audiences to contemporary classical music through analysis and imagery. The following year, she presented her analysis of Wings at ClarinetFest 2018 in Ostend, Belgium.
As a music instructor, Annaka teaches clarinet, saxophone, aural skills, and music theory. Her teaching is characterized by fostering a love of music while also developing musical literacy in her students. She currently serves as woodwind instructor for the Estes Park School District. Her students have been members of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, University of Colorado Honor Band, and Colorado All-State Band. While a doctoral student, she also served as lecturer for the University of Colorado Boulder Continuing Education program and as a graduate teaching assistant. In July 2019, Annaka presented "Applications of Singing in Applied Clarinet Lessons" at the ClarinetFest in Knoxville, TN.
With a knack for bringing things together, Annaka has served in many administrative roles including the MasterWorks Festival and the Perrysburg Area Arts Council. She also enjoys web design and photography.
She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2019. Annaka's principal clarinet instructors include Daniel Silver, Burt Hara, Kevin Schempf, Frank Kowalsky & Deborah Bish.
In her free time she enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her husband Thomas.