Ann Kaefer Duggan is a graduate of Roosevelt University and the University of Michigan. She freelances and teaches in the Chicago area. Besides playing in the Haymarket Opera Orchestra, Ann is a member of the Carmel Bach Festival. Past and current early music performances include Baroque Band, Chicago Opera Theater, Callipygian Players, and Bella Voce.
How did you get started in music?
I started the Suzuki method when I was 7 years old. My mother started with me, as part of the program requirements, and it was enlightening to realize that it was a challenge for my mother. I thought there wasn't anything she didn't already know how to do!
What is the biggest challenge you face as a musician?
My biggest challenge is to always be aware of how I can improve my playing while still enjoying the music I'm producing.
Do you have a favorite performer?
For baroque, I enjoy hearing Monica Huggett teach and play. As for modern performers, I'm a fan of Gidon Kremer.
What are a few of your favorite books about music?
Casals and the Art of Interpretation is one of my favorite.
What else are you reading?
It's good juvenile fiction. Since I have teenagers I have to keep up. So, I'm currently reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
What drew you to early music and period instrument performance?
I was mostly drawn to early music from seeing colleagues who played and inspired me.
How many instruments do you own?
5 (two modern violins, two violas and a baroque violin)
What are the main differences between your period instrument and its modern version?
My baroque violin is a 1900 German violin that I played on for years before having it transitioned for use as a baroque instrument.
What do you love about HOC?
I always feel like a vital part of the group. Being a small family, each of us needs to take full ownership of our role as members through learning the music and communicating in rehearsals and performances.
Do you have a favorite rehearsal or concert memory from a past HOC event?
I loved Craig getting up and singing last year at the performances to 'inspire' audience members to become supporters!
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not making music?
I really enjoy cooking with my children and reading.