Biography

Annaka is a senior studying vocal performance in the Jacobs School of Music and looks forward to finishing strong on another year of artistic development. The best advice she ever received came from her high school voice teacher, who first encouraged her to audition at IU, where she now grows as an artist every day through her interactions with faculty and fellow students. She would love to have met the influential singer Margaret Harshaw, a direct ancestor in her musical lineage, to learn more about her teaching technique. Annaka spent last summer in Berlin, singing her first full operatic role in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She hopes to continue traveling the world during her career as an opera singer and laments that the fictional Hogwarts and Hogsmeade will never be on the itinerary. Her hidden talents include cooking soup (because it’s one of her favorite foods) and moving her eyebrows independently of each other. Her favorite books include Stand Up Straight and Sing by Jessye Norman, The Inner Voice by Renée Fleming, and Call Me Debbie by Deborah Voigt. Annaka would like to thank her parents, for their constant support and guidance, and her voice teacher Jane Dutton. She will hold the James Mentzer scholarship.