Hello, I'm Annie. I play clarinet and bass clarinet, and I like helping other musicians make good things happen. I live in Boston, MA.
I am Associate Dean of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory. I am most interested in how to evolve the arts into an integral part of our society. Currently, I do that by working with music students; my interests include what factors contribute to a fulfilling life in the arts, the future of work, and how a musical skillset fits. At NEC and at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I teach arts marketing from an audience development perspective; recently, I presented my work at conferences including the annual meetings of the League of American Orchestras and the Music Teacher's National Association.
Previously, I co-created and taught a class called Musical Startups, the first graduate level professional development course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; I was also co-director of Switchboard Music, which in ten years presented over 150 sets of eclectic music featuring more than 850 musicians in both an annual marathon festival and in a monthly concert series that I founded. In 2015, Switchboard was the only West Coast organization to win an Adventurous Programming award from ASCAP and Chamber Music America.
Also in California, I was Operations & Programs Lead at Zoo Labs, a music accelerator that invests in and explores the intersection of creativity, craft, and commercial viability. At Zoo Labs I ran two-week live-in residencies, and helped more than thirty bands build their models for success. For five years I was managing director and led educational programming for the Magik*Magik Orchestra, which in that time span created over half a million dollars in income for Bay Area orchestral freelancers. Additionally, I've worked in publicity for the San Francisco Symphony, the Grammy-nominated Bay Brass, Sqwonk, The Living Earth Show, and Mobius Trio, and was a founding member of the contemporary group Nonsemble 6, with whom I memorized and staged performances of theatrical chamber works in venues including the Kennedy Center, the California Academy of Sciences, and Stanford University.
I am a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and lived for eight years in San Francisco and Oakland. I began my performance career at eighteen as soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and trained with Steven Barta at the Peabody Conservatory and Luis Baez and Jerome Simas at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other things I like are rowing with my team at Community Rowing and knitting.
For more about me and my projects, here is some selected press:
Plugging Into Switchboard, the Bay Area’s Avant-Jukebox KQED San Francisco, June 2016
Switchboard Music is a Joyful Potpourri San Francisco Chronicle, June 2016
Switchboard Music: Eclectic sounds mesh in bold grand finale San Francisco Chronicle, April 2015
Celebrating Five Years of Magik*Magik KQED San Francisco, January 2014
Symphony to the People Asterisk Magazine, March 2013
Shake it to the Ground: SF Musicians Re-Envision Classic(al) Career Paths NewMusicBox.org, November 2011