Dr. Shannon Lowe serves as the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Valdosta State University. 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 has performed with many of the preeminent orchestras in the southeast such as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Macon Symphony, and Central Florida Symphony. For six seasons, she was principal bassoonist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. During the 2008-2009 season, she frequently performed as bassoonist with the Amato Opera Company in New York City.
An avid chamber musician, Dr. Lowe actively performs in several chamber groups in the southeast. Recently, she became bassoonist for the Anon Ensemble, a group consiting of flute, viola, and bassoon. In April 2015, the ensemble will be 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, comprised of VSU faculty members and regional professional musicians, which has performed to high acclaim throughout the southeast and southwest. In August of 2012, the Scirocco Quartet was a featured performance ensemble at the National Flute Association Conference in Las Vegas. This group has also been a featured performance ensemble at the Florida Flute Convention in addition to the Symphony at the Museum Series in Albany, Georgia.
In the summer of 2011, as a member of the UF Wind Trio, Dr. Lowe was a featured performer at the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Lowe has toured Italy and Brazil with the American Chamber Winds as principal bassoonist. While in Brazil, she performed at the prestigious Campos do Jordão International Music Festival as well as presented master classes.
Dr. Lowe has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival and International Music Festival in Burgos, Spain. 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, Dr. Lowe was a winner of the 1998 Central Florida Symphony's Young Artist Competition, debuting as soloist with the orchestra in two concerts on Mozart's Bassoon Concerto. In November 2013, she was the featured soloist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra on Mozart's Bassoon Concerto.
Dr. Lowe recently had her article “Venting on the Bassoon” published in The Instrumentalist Magazine. At the 2015 Georgia Music Educators Association Conference held in Savannah, she 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.” She looks forward to presenting future clinics for music educators and bassoonists with the intent of sharing tips, techniques, and triumphs for successful bassoon playing.