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Building Beginning Bassoonists: A Quick Start Session for Music Educators

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  • This clinic is intended to supply music educators with tips, tricks, and resources for starting beginning bassoonists. The focal point of this session is a participatory section where several volunteers will come up and learn to the play the bassoon (instruments and reeds will be provided) in a quick start session led by the clinician. By the end of the session, music educators will hopefully leave with more confidence and enthusiasm for starting beginning bassoonists in their programs.
  • Shannon Lowe (slowe@arts.ufl.edu)
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  • Dr. Shannon Lowe is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Florida. Before her arrival at UF, she served as Associate 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 Dr. Frank Morelli. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree 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. She is also a member of the American Chamber Winds, an acclaimed chamber music group 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. Currently, Dr. Lowe is the principal bassoonist of the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra. For six seasons, she was principal bassoonist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra and for eight seasons served as principal bassoonist in the Valdosta Symphony 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.
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