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Shannon Lowe

Current position(s): Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Florida School of Music; Principal Bassoon for the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra

Previous position(s): Associate Professor of Bassoon at Valdosta State University; Former Principal Bassoon of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra; Former Principal Bassoon of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra

Education: Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook; Master of Music from the University of Florida; Bachelor of Music Education and Performance Certificate from the University of Florida

Recordings: A Musical Bouquet: Old, New and Borrowed Music for Bassoon and Strings on the MSR Classics Label

“I habitually think of a bassoon as a bass instrument, probably because that’s its role in a woodwind quintet. But Shannon Lowe shines her warm instrument in quite a different light. In these works she phrases her long lyrical lines so that they not only sing but breathe with the gorgeous tone of a high baritone…”
Gil French, American Record Guide

“the bassoon playing of Shannon Lowe [is] unforced, delightful and relaxed… [her] playing, demonstrating the expressive range of her instrument…”
Joel C. Thompson, Cherry Grove Music Review

“[Shannon Lowe] is really a dynamite performer on her chosen instrument, as we find abundantly on display in ‘A Musical Bouquet,’ together with a little help from her friends.”
Phil Muse, Atlanta Audio Club

Solo appearances: Soloist for Michael Daugherty’s “Dead Elvis” with the UF Chamber Players and the Albany Symphony Orchestra; Soloist on Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra

Notable performances/accomplishments: Performance at the Campos do Jordão International Music Festival as part of the American Chamber Winds; Regular performer at IDRS conferences; Premiered solo bassoon works at the at the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival as well as the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia.

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad

Instrument: Fox Model 601

Fun Fact: Dr. Lowe is one of the few bassoonists, if not the 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.

 

For more information on Shannon Lowe, visit her website here.

About the Artist's Instrument

I love my bassoon’s “baritone-like” sound capabilities and that it has such a reliable intonation across all the registers which makes my life so much easier! My Fox Model 601 fit me the best out of all the instruments that I tried. When I played my first notes on it, I knew it sounded exactly like what I envisioned my “bassoon voice” to be in my head.

Fox Artist Shannon Lowe

Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Florida School of Music

Features

  • Hand-selected and aged mountain maple body with mahogany finish
  • Silver-plated keys, posts, bands, and boot cap
  • Traditional cut
  • German bell ring (synthetic ivory)
  • Lining in wing joint and small bore of the boot
  • Wood hand rest
  • Neck strap ring
  • String wrapped tenons

Keywork

  • Full German key system
  • Rotary style right hand whisper key lock
  • High E key
  • High D key
  • Ring key for left hand third finger
  • Standard pancake key
  • Articulated A♭-B♭ trill key with B♭ spectacle guard
  • Right hand E♭ trill with offset C♯ trill mechanism 
  • Rollers for left little finger E♭ and D♭
  • Rollers for right little finger F and A♭
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