Cairn (Noun): Stack of rocks to guide hikers in the backcountry.

As cairns guide hikers, our music guides events: from prelude to postlude. Cairn Music provides exceptional chamber music for weddings & special events in Estes Park, CO and the surrounding vicinity. 














What are your rates?

We charge an hourly rate that varies depending on instrumentation. Contact us to today for a quote.

What is included in your wedding music services?

We provide music for all elements of the service: prelude, processional, interludes/responses, recessional, and postlude. Upon contracting our ensemble, we will coordinate with you regarding your musical selections. We are also available to play for the cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony and dinner receptions.

What do you need from us?

We need one armless chair for each performer, sufficient space to accommodate the number of musicians, and adequate lighting. We will provide our own music stands. Our instruments do not need amplification.

What do the performers wear?

To provide a professional look, we typically wear concert black. If you prefer us to wear something else, we may be able to accommodate your request.

Can you accommodate special music requests?

Yes. With sufficient time we can prepare music outside of our standard repertoire. Please let us know what you would like to hear and we will get back to you with a quote for the arrangement.

Are you able to attend our wedding rehearsal?

Yes, the ensemble will attend a rehearsal, but only if it is included in the contract. Note, rehearsals require an additional rehearsal fee. If you do not contract us for the rehearsal, we will coordinate in advance via phone and email. We will also arrive early to coordinate with the officiant on the day of the event.

What should we expect from you?

For weddings, we will arrive at least 30 minutes before the time contracted for us to begin performing. This gives us time to set up, tune, and check in with the officiant regarding any additional details for your event. We recommend contracting us to perform prelude music, starting 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Do you need shelter for outdoor events?

If performing outdoors, we ask that you provide a canopy or other shelter. We will not be able to perform outdoors if the temperature is below 60 degrees or above 95 degrees. We also cannot perform if there is any risk of our instruments encountering percipitation (snow, rain, etc.). Our instruments are valuable and need to be protected. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any refunds in the case of inclement weather. We recommend having a back up plan because outdoor weddings are risky. We will work to find to accomodate your needs on a case to case basis.


Bach: Air on the G-String

Bach: Arioso from Cantata No. 156

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Excerpt from Movement 1

Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata No. 147

Beethoven: Andante Cantabile from Sonata Pathétique

Beethoven: Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Trio, Op. 87

Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary, Prince of Denmark

Franck: Panis Angelicus

Handel: Allegro Maestoso from Water Music Suite 

Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from the Oratorio Solomon

Handel: La Réjouissance from Music from the Royal Fireworks

Hennessy: Trio, Op. 54

Mozart: Alleluia from Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165

Mozart: Divertimento, No. 3

Mouret: Rondeau 

Traditional: Amazing Grace
Wagner: Bridal Chorus from the Opera Lohengrin
Pachelbel: Canon in D
Purcell: Trumpet Tune

Schubert: Ave Maria
Vivaldi: Selections from The Four Seasons


Clarinetist Annaka Hogelin is the founder of Cairn Music. She is an active performer and music teacher. Her current projections include: Training Groove, a collaboration of composers and performers who create and record music to help others run more efficiently

DMA, CU Boulder | MM, Bowling Green State University | BM, Florida State University

Emily Wangler is an active chamber and orchestral musician in the Boulder area. She holds the position of Associate Principal clarinet with the Longmont Symphony and also freelances in the area. Currently Emily teaches music in Mapleton Public Schools.

MM, CU Boulder | BM, University of Michigan


A native Texan, Ellen Kennedy has lived in Thornton, CO since 2016. She has several years of clarinet playing and private teaching experience and performs regularly with her husband and French hornist, Jeffrey Kennedy.

MM, CU Boulder | BM, University of Texas


PO Box 20657, Estes Park, CO 80511

Tel: (970) 235-0111


The clarinet music was the perfect touch for our daughter's ceremony. The melodic and soothing music was ideal for calming the tensions from all of the hectic activity leading up to the wedding and creating a joyful atmosphere to celebrate the big event.

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