A native of Chattanooga, TN, Staci A. Spring returned to the Scenic City in 2016 to continue a versatile career as a freelance musician, music educator, and arts administrator. In addition to her role as Education & Community Engagement Manager for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, she performs frequently as an orchestral and chamber musician, maintains a private bassoon studio, and teaches bassoon 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 prestigious Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition.
Previous experience includes faculty appointments at Stephen F. Austin State University, Lee University, McMurry University, Abilene Christian University, and Hardin-Simmons University, where she taught courses in applied bassoon, music history, aural skills, woodwind methods, and chamber music. 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, and the Abilene Chamber Players. Other experience includes performing with professional orchestras throughout Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida, and performing at conferences for the International Double Reed Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Flute Association.
Spring is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas, where she studied bassoon with Kathleen Reynolds and also completed a Graduate Academic Certificate in Arts Leadership as a Priddy Scholarship recipient. She earned dual Master of Music degrees in Historical Musicology and Bassoon Performance from The Florida State University, studying with scholar Denise Von Glahn and bassoonist Jeffrey Keesecker. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in North Carolina.