Annie Chapman Brewer is an award-winning musician, educator, and entrepreneur based in Midland, MI. She has a home music studio where she teaches private lessons for all ages, levels, and aspirations. Brewer also serves as the adjunct horn instructor for undergraduate music majors at Saginaw Valley State University. In September 2023, Brewer’s River House on the Prairie won the Judith Lang Zaimont prize through The International Alliance of Women in Music search for new music.
Brewer performs all around the Midwest, throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa, and arranges horn ensemble music, composes nature inspired pieces, teaches university natural horn/modern horn masterclasses, and is a clinician throughout the mitten state. Some of these groups include Midland Symphony Orchestra, Noel Experience in Saginaw, Beaver Island Music Festival, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She has served as the interim Professor of Horn at Central Michigan University, and has been a guest lecturer at University of Iowa, Northern Iowa University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Iowa State University.
In 2022, she was featured in the premier of a Thousand Acres by the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, hosted at Whiterock Conservancy, featuring other Midwest Artists that collaborate with agricultural issues. Her piece, River House on the Prairie was showcased at this event. Before her move back to Michigan, she was the third horn player for Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra where they performed standard repertoire alongside premieres of local composers and performers including Kent Keating, and Linda Coleman Robbins. She was also the annual principal hornist in the pit orchestra for The Nutcracker at the Englert Theatre by Nolte Academy.
In March 2021, AgArts of Iowa non-profit sponsored her artist residency at White Rock Conservancy, where she created an inspired-by-nature project based on her prairie-dwelling experiences. This led her to continuing her interest in providing agriculture and arts collaboration by serving as President of the board of AgArts, promoting healthy and sustainable food systems through the arts.
She graduated with a Master of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, after winning an audition with the Navy Fleet Band. While under the tutelage of Rick Seraphinoff, she performed in various ensembles through the school, including the Baroque Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra, as well as Natural Horn ensembles. She was also featured as principal horn for the Latin concert by the local Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Annie was a founding member of Quintessence: a woodwind quintet formed by students at Jacobs, dedicated to community outreach and learning. During her last semester at IU, she held an assistantship at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, where she worked as a house manager, marketing specialist, and box office associate.
Her primary teachers and mentors are Dr. Bruce Bonnell and Rick Seraphinoff. Annie has also had the privilege of playing in masterclasses and coachings for Michelle Stebleton, Eric Terwilliger, Dale Clevenger, Jeff Nelsen, Corbin Wagner, Andrew Pelletier, James Campbell, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra Horn Section.
When she isn’t teaching or performing, Annie is hiking with her husband Rick, trying new recipes, and playing with her cat Marjoram.
You can contact Annie directly at www.anniechapmanbrewer.com.