Shannon Lowe serves as the assistant professor of bassoon and music theory at Valdosta State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance at SUNY Stony Brook. While at Stony Brook, she was in the bassoon studio of the renowned performer and pedagogue Dr. Frank Morelli. She received both the Bachelor’s in Music Education with a Performance Certificate and Master’s of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Florida, under Dr. Arnold Irchai, former principal bassoonist of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, Dr. Lowe is the principal bassoonist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA). She has performed with orchestras in the southeast such as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Macon Symphony, Central Florida Symphony, and Central Florida Philharmonic. For six seasons, she was principal bassoonist of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Lowe is a founder and member of The Sirocco Quartet that has performed to high acclaim throughout the southeast and southwest; in August of 2012, the Sirocco Quartet was a featured performance ensemble at the National Flute Association Conference in Las, Vegas. In the summer of 2011, as a member of the UF Wind Trio, she was a featured performer at the 2011 International Double Reed Conference in Tempe, Arizona. During the 2008-2009 season, she frequently performed as bassoonist with the Amato Opera Company in New York City. She 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. 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.