A native of Chattanooga, Staci A. Spring returned to the Scenic City in 2016 to continue a versatile career as a freelance musician, private instructor, arts administrator, and college professor. She currently works for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera as a bassoonist and manager of the CSO Youth Orchestras, while also maintaining a private studio and teaching at Lee University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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 past experience includes performing with professional orchestras throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida, participating in several conferences and festivals, and teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Spring is a dedicated advocate for the arts, and is a graduate of 2016 Bill Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute at ArtsBuild. Other activities include serving as the Competition Committee Chair for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and teaching bassoon at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.
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