- D.M.A., Double Bass Performance, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007
- M.M., Double Bass Performance, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004
- B.M., Double Bass Performance, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, 2000
Applied Double Bass Lessons
Dr. Anna Jensen, double bassist, teaches, performs, and leads clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Jensen received her doctorate in musical arts degree in double bass performance at the University of Michigan where she studied with Dr. Diana Gannett and was a graduate student instructor. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan (DMA and MM) and Central Washington University (BM) and has been the recipient of the Mildred Tuttle Fellowship, the Farrell Merit Scholarship-Grant, and was awarded the Presser Scholar. Dr. Jensen is the assistant principal bassist of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the principal bassist of the Tacoma Opera Orchestra, the principal bassist of the Vashon Opera Orchestra, and regularly performs with orchestras across the region. She has performed with the Second City Chamber Music Series, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, the Kairos Music Festival and Lyceum, the Rackham Chamber Music Series, and the All Rivers at Once contemporary music series. Dr. Jensen has been the featured soloist with the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, the Wenatchee Symphony Orchestra, and the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra. Her interest in contemporary music has brought about numerous new chamber music works for the double bass and she has presented the world premieres of these works. Dr. Jensen has won the Spokane Allied Arts Young Artist Competition, the Helen Snelling Crowe Competition, and was a finalist in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.
In addition to performing, Dr. Jensen is deeply involved in arts education. She is currently the education specialist for both the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, she is the festival manager for the Evergreen Music Festival and has taught at The Marrowstone Music Festival, The Hammond Ashley Double Bass Workshop, and The Icicle Creek Summer Symphony Program. In addition to her position at Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Jensen teaches double bass and music theory at the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and maintains a large private studio. Her double bass students have placed in the top three at the state level numerous times and frequently win concerto competitions across the region. Prior to teaching at PLU, Dr. Jensen taught at Bowling Green State University.