Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Barbara Frankel and Ronald Michalak Chair
DSO member since 2007
Shannon Orme was appointed Bass Clarinet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Prior to joining the DSO, she was co-principal of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, IRIS Orchestra, Bergen Filharmoniske and the World Orchestra for Peace. Shannon spends her summers at the Grand Teton Music Festival, where she is also a frequent chamber musician.
Shannon enjoys the many facets of performances within the DSO family. She is a frequent performer in the community as part of DSO's Community Outreach Initiative and especially enjoys playing for children at DMC Children’s Hospital's Music Therapy Program. As a result of her committment to this work, Shannon was one of five musicians nationwide to receive the 2016 Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service, sponsored by the Ford Motor Fund and the League of American Orchestras. She is a dedicated educator and currently holds a studio at Wayne State University.
An advocate for contemporary music, Shannon is a member of New Music Detroit, where she has collaborated with today's emerging composers, and has participated in the group’s annual 12-hour marathon, Strange Beautiful Music. Shannon also performed at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez for two seasons as well as the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.
Upon graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Shannon attended Northwestern University (B.Mus.) and University of Southern California (M.M.). Her principal teachers included Jean Miller, Richard Hawkins, J. Lawrie Bloom and Yehuda Gilad.
When Shannon is not performing, you may find her planning her next adventure—usually on a bicycle.
Shannon is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.