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Annika Socolofsky is a US composer and avant folk vocalist. Her music erupts from the power and nuance of the human voice and is communicated through mediums ranging from orchestral and operatic works to unaccompanied folk ballads. Annika writes extensively for her own voice with chamber ensemble, including composing a growing repertoire of “feminist rager-lullabies” titled "Don’t say a word," which serves to confront centuries of damaging lessons taught to young children by retelling old lullaby texts for a new, queer era.
As a composer, Annika has collaborated with artists such as the Rochester Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Dogs of Desire, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, So Percussion, Beth Morrison Projects, and sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, among others. Annika is a 2020 Gaudeamus nominee and recipient of a Fromm Foundation Commission, The Cortona Prize, BMI Student Composer Award, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and has been awarded fellowships to the Blackbird Creative Lab, Banff Centre for the Arts, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.
Her research focuses on vocal technique in the music of Dolly Parton to create a pedagogical approach to composition that is inclusive of many vocal timbres, inflections, and techniques, evading the age-old false dichotomy of straight tone vs. bel canto vocal style. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Colorado Boulder, and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Concordia University Ann Arbor. She holds a PhD in Composition from Princeton University. Annika plays a Norwegian hardanger d’amore fiddle made by Salve Håkedal.