Annika Socolofsky is an American composer and avant-folk vocalist. Her music stems from the inflections and resonance of the human voice and is communicated through mediums ranging from orchestral works to unaccompanied folk ballads. Projects for the 2018 – 2019 season include new works for the Albany Symphony, So Percussion, Contemporaneous, Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, Girlnoise, and Shepherdess.
As a composer, Annika has collaborated with artists such as the Rochester Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Dogs of Desire, Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, Latitude 49, Emissary Quartet, Donald Sinta Quartet, Mobius Percussion, Music from Copland House, Parhelion Trio, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and shakuhachi grandmaster Riley Lee, among others. As a vocalist, she has performed as soloist with the Albany Symphony, Dogs of Desire, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Camerata, Eighth Blackbird, and composer-vocalist Anna Pidgorna. Her works, projects, and related research have been presented at Carnegie Hall, The Italian Society of Contemporary Music, American Music Festival, Northwestern New Music Institute, Strange Beautiful Music Detroit, Listening to Ladies, and the Princeton Sound Kitchen.
Annika is a recipient of the Fromm Foundation Commission, Cortona Prize, BMI Student Composer Award, and has been awarded fellowships to the Blackbird Creative Lab, Banff Centre for the Arts, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Cultivate at Copland House, and the Brevard Music Center. Her research focuses on physiology in contemporary vocal music, using the music of Dolly Parton to create a pedagogical approach to composition that is inclusive of many vocal styles and techniques, evading the age-old false dichotomy of straight tone vs. bel canto vocal style. She is a doctoral candidate & fellow in composition at Princeton University. Annika holds an MFA in composition from Princeton University and an MA in composition the University of Michigan. She received her BFA in composition from Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary musical mentors have been Evan Chambers, Reza Vali, Kristin Kuster, Dan Trueman, Juri Seo, and Donnacha Dennehy. Annika plays a Norwegian hardanger d’amore fiddle made by Salve Håkedal. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her girlfriend Jane and their two Newfoundland dogs Riggs and Minnow.