Annika Socolofsky, composer

Annika Socolofsky is a composer, avant-folk vocalist, and fiddler. Her music is rooted in nuanced timbre and resonance of the human voice, how those resonances feel within the performer’s body, and how that timbral wash of warmth can be communicated with the audience.

The 2017 – 2018 season included works for Eighth Blackbird, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, Albany Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Third Coast Percussion and the Albany Symphony this past summer. She performed as avant- folk vocal soloist with the Albany Symphony for Michael Daugherty’s stunning and leftist work “This Land Sings”, which was recorded for Naxos.

Annika has also composed for the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Emissary Quartet, Shattered Glass, Donald Sinta Quartet, JACK Quartet, Latitude 49, and Mobius Percussion. She received a 2014 Fromm Foundation Commission and a 2017 BMI Student Composer Award.

Annika is a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University where her research focuses on physiology in contemporary vocal music, using analysis of Dolly Parton’s vocal technique to create a pedagogical approach to vocal composition that does not box the composer into an either/or decision of straight tone vs. operatic vocals. She received her Masters Degree in composition at the University of Michigan. Her main mentors have been Evan Chambers, Dan Trueman, and Kristin Kuster.