A native of Chattanooga, TN, Staci A. Spring returned to the Scenic City in 2016 to continue a versatile career as a bassoonist, music educator, and arts administrator. In addition to her role as Community Engagement & Education Manager for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, she performs frequently as an orchestral and chamber musician, maintains a private bassoon studio, and teaches at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Other activities include teaching bassoon for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and serving as the Competition Director for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition & Bassoon Symposium.
Passionate about creative programming and collaboration, she has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals, and was previously a member of the Stone Fort Wind Quintet, Key City Winds, Abilene Chamber Players, and the jazz combo McMJ (on piano).
Other experience includes performing with professional orchestras throughout Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida, participating in several conferences and festivals, and teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Influential teachers include Kathleen Reynolds, Jeff Keesecker, Frank Morelli, David Kirby, and Eric Anderson.
University of North Texas: D.M.A. (ABD) Bassoon Performance, Graduate Certificate in Arts Leadership
Florida State University: M.M. Bassoon Performance, M.M. Historical Musicology
Brevard College: B.A. Bassoon Performance