Ana Nelson is a Bloomington-based clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer hailing from Ripon, Wisconsin. At home in many different genres, Ana has performed with a variety of groups and artists across the Midwest, including the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Magda Giannikou, Michael Spiro, Abraham Laboriel, and Billy Drewes. Ana recently was a member of the popular Bloomington motown girl group, “The Vallures,” which toured the Midwest and opened for artists including Booker T. Jones and Lee Fields.
Ana has performed as a clarinet soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the "Stars of Tomorrow" competition, the Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra, and on the Green Lake Festival concert series. Ana appears on recordings with Liberation Music Collective and Oberlin Orchestra.
Ana is a student at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursuing a MM in Jazz Studies and Clarinet Performance. Ana works as an Associate Instructor in the jazz department, and studies with Walter Smith III. Ana holds a BM in Clarinet Performance and Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory. Ana has held a private teaching studio for over 5 years, and teaches students in woodwinds, violin, piano, and voice.