Music has always been a part of Carrie Clogg’s life, and she can trace her love for it back to one particular moment in her childhood.

“I distinctly remember when Opera Iowa visited my middle school in Indianola,” Clogg said. “I remember sitting there and thinking that I wanted to do that.”

It’s exactly what she did. Long before Clogg was executive director of Civic Music Association, she started with voice lessons, which took her to college where she pursued a degree in music business and vocal performance. 

“I wasn’t sure I was competitive enough to make a career out of the performance aspect,” Clogg said. “I did music business as well and it’s been a perfect fit.”

Clogg traveled to various parts of the country for her career before landing in Des Moines. She worked for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Columbus in Ohio, and she was the director of government and foundation support at Simpson College. Before all that, though, she spent what she calls her two most memorable years in New York City interning with the New York City Opera.

“I was young and I took in every single moment I lived in that city,” Clogg said. “I was always out walking and finding all the different arts, culture, food experiences I could.”

Aside from her involvement with music, arts and culture, Clogg has a passion for mental health awareness. Her 6-year-old son, Sam, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and anxiety disorder, and she advocates for him so he can lead as productive and normal a life as possible, she said.

Clogg is married to Joshua Barlage of the Des Moines Symphony Academy. She said her family, which also includes 3-year-old Charlie, can be seen out taking in the area’s arts and culture scene.

It’s a scene that reminds her most of her time in New York City.

“I truly feel our arts and culture scene is so vast and rich, you can do the same kind of thing in this city,” she said.

Reasons she’s a Forty:

• Created new partnerships between Civic Music Association and the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition, Iowa Shakespeare Experience and Ballet Des Moines

• Instrumental in bringing world-renowned musical artists and classical, world and jazz performers to Greater Des Moines

• Served on the Iowa Youth Chorus board of directors, Junior League of Des Moines, 2013 Big Hair Ball Committee for Art Noir, Broadlawns Advocate Circle and more

• Received the 2003 Arts Educator of the Year Award from the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

• Volunteers at the Young Women’s Resource Center and Orchard Place

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