Dr. Shannon Lowe serves as the Associate Professor of Bassoon at Valdosta State University. She has also served as adjunct Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Florida. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with the renowned performer and pedagogue Dr. Frank Morelli. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Performance Certificate as well as her Master of Music in Bassoon Performance degree from the University of Florida, under both Dr. Arnold Irchai and Dr. Kim Woolly.
Currently, Dr. Lowe is the principal bassoonist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, 2014 recipient of the American Prize for Best Community Orchestra. Judges of this competition stated "The individual wind and brass players are of high quality and play with lovely tone." She is also principal bassoonist of the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra. She actively performs with preeminent orchestras in the southeast such as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and Macon Symphony. For six seasons, she was principal bassoonist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra (now known as the Gainesville Orchestra).
An avid chamber musician, Dr. Lowe performs in several chamber groups in the southeast. Recently, she became bassoonist for the Anon Ensemble, a group consisting of flute, viola, and bassoon. In April 2015, the ensemble was featured in an online premiere of Eva Kendrick's Juntos at the 20th Anniversary Congress of the International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM). Kendrick's Juntos was the recipient of the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize for the IAWM 2014 New Music Search. She is a founding member of the Scirocco Quartet which has performed to high acclaim throughout the southeast and southwest. The group has been a featured performance ensemble at the National Flute Association Conference, Florida Flute Convention, and Symphony at the Museum Series in Albany, Georgia.
Dr. Lowe has frequently performed at International Double Reed Society Conferences as a member of chamber music ensembles comprised of colleagues and alumni from the University of Florida. Her most recent performance was with the Ragin’ Reeds Quartet at the 2015 IDRS Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Along with VSU’s Azalea String Quartet, she looks forward to presenting a recital of works for bassoon and strings at the 2016 IDRS Conference in Columbus (GA) State University.
Dr. Lowe has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival and International Music Festival in Burgos, Spain. Also, she has performed at the prestigious Campos do Jordão International Music Festival (Brazil). She has premiered contemporary works for the bassoon at the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival as well as the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia. Additionally, in November 2013, Dr. Lowe was the featured soloist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra on Mozart's Bassoon Concerto.
She is passionate about presenting clinics for music educators and bassoonists with the intent of sharing tips, techniques, and triumphs for successful bassoon playing. In January 2015, Dr. Lowe was co-presenter with colleague Dr. Susan Eischeid in a session called “Be Not Afraid! Double Reeds Made Accessible: A Quick Start Session for Music Educators” at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference held in Savannah, Georgia. Recently, her article “Venting on the Bassoon” was published in The Instrumentalist Magazine.