A 1994 graduate of Roseville Area High School (RAHS), Ann played trumpet in the RAHS Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. She also played in school jazz ensembles from 7th through 12th grades..
Ann also sang soprano in the RAHS Concert Choir and the Minnesota All-State Choir.
Ann soloed on "Summertime" on the Roseville Big Band's July 19, 1994, concert in the Central Park band shell. She also sang lead on "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" and "Moonglow", along with Stephanie Newton (alto), Kirk Lindberg (tenor), and Glen Newton (bass). Ann also joined the trumpet section for one of the songs that called for five trumpets.
Ann graduated from Luther College in 1998.