Praised for her “incisive” playing by the New York Times, clarinetist Anna Brumbaugh is a highly sought after orchestral player, chamber musician, and soloist. Currently principal clarinet of the Florida Grand Opera, the Palm Beach Symphony, and Miami’s acclaimed Nu-Deco Ensemble, she has also performed professionally with groups such as the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The American Symphony Orchestra and The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. She has performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and at the Caramoor festival, and with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ramon Tebar, and Emmanuel Villaume.
Anna enjoys her summers in Colorado, where she is the newly tenured principal clarinet of the Central City Opera Orchestra. She is also an annual performer at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota, a progressive summer music festival dedicated to providing classical music concerts free of charge.
A passionately dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Anna is the clarinet professor at the esteemed New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.
Awarded with a full scholarship from Irene Diamond, Anna earned her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in May of 2013 and her Bachelor of Music with High Distinction and the coveted Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 2011. She is endlessly grateful to her wonderful teachers, Jon Manasse, internationally acclaimed soloist, and Bil Jackson, former principal clarinet of the Colorado Symphony.
A native of Boulder, Anna enjoys hiking and spending time with her family in her beautiful home state of Colorado.
In this series of videos, Palm Beach Symphony's principal clarinetist Anna Brumbaugh explores breathing and breath control, proper embouchure, hand positioning and fingering, and musical phrasing on the clarinet.