Dr. Shannon Lowe is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Aural Skills at the University of Florida. Before her arrival at UF, she served as Associate Professor of Bassoon and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Music 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 Performer's Certificate as well as her Master of Music in Bassoon Performance degree from the University of Florida, under Dr. Arnold Irchai and Dr. Kim Woolly.
An avid chamber musician, Dr. Lowe performs in several chamber groups in the southeast. Recently, along with her clarinetist husband, she formed the Geldrich-Lowe Duo. In July of 2018, the duo was a featured performance group at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest in Ostend, Belgium. Dr. Lowe is also a member of the Anon Ensemble, a flute, viola, and bassoon trio. 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 praise throughout the southeast and southwest. The group was featured ensemble at the National Flute Association Conference, Florida Flute Convention, and Symphony at the Museum Series in Albany, Georgia. She is also a member of the American Chamber Winds, an acclaimed chamber music group led by Dr. David Waybright that has performed in numerous concert tours across Europe and Brazil.
Dr. Lowe frequently performs at International Double Reed Society Conferences. Her most recent performances were with VSU’s Azalea String Quartet at the 2016 IDRS Conference in Columbus, Georgia and with the Ragin’ Reeds Quartet at the 2015 IDRS Conference in Tokyo, Japan. 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, Dr. Lowe has been a featured soloist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra on Mozart's Bassoon Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante for winds and orchestra.
Currently, Dr. Lowe is the principal bassoonist of the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra. She has performed 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) and for eight seasons served as principal bassoonist in the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, 2014 recipient of the American Prize for Best Community Orchestra.
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 and 2017, Dr. Lowe presented a session called “Be Not Afraid! Double Reeds Made Accessible: A Quick Start Session for Music Educators” at both the Georgia and Florida Music Educators Association Conferences. Recently, her article “Venting on the Bassoon” was published in The Instrumentalist Magazine.
On a side note, she is one of the few, if not only one, to have performed the exposition of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto for the captain (over speakerphone), crew, and passengers at over 30,000 feet on a late night Southwestern Airlines flight from NY to Florida.