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Other arts and non-profit experience includes Director of Marketing and Auditorium Events for the Scottish Rite Center in Fort Wayne and Marketing Specialist for Indiana Tech. She is currently a contributing writer on ArtsHacker.com and serves on the programming committee for SoundCorps. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing. Samantha enjoys performing in community theatre as a singer/actor. She is married and has a 12-year old daughter and two adult stepchildren.
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She holds a Master of Music in Music Education, as well as the Administration and Supervision Endorsement, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ms. Allison is a current or former member of International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees-Local#140, Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Handbell Choir, City of Chattanooga Public Arts Committee, and Delta Omicron Music Sorority.
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Eric has been Principal Bassoonist of the CSO Orchestra and Bassoonist of the CSO Wind Quintet since 1996. He attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for Post Graduate work where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In addition to playing Principal Bassoon with the CSO, he currently plays Third/Contrabassoon with the Alabama Symphony.
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In addition to performing as a member of the viola section, Megan Chisom serves as the CSO’s music librarian.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Megan began studying the violin at the age of six in a public school Suzuki strings program. Since agreeing to “try on” the viola at the age of twelve, she has performed across the United States and internationally as a chamber and orchestral musician. Megan has been a member of the CSO since 2013, and relocated to the area in 2015 when she accepted the librarian position. In addition to her work with the CSO, she serves on the faculty of Lee University as instructor of viola and chamber music. Megan is also a Suzuki-trained teacher, and maintains an active private studio where enjoys working with violin and viola students of all ages. Find out more about her at meganchisom.com.
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Matthew joined the CSO as Development & Special Events Manager in May 2016. He brings 5 years of non-profit and event planning experience to the CSO. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Marketing degree from Jacksonville State University. As a native of Alabama, he moved to the Chattanooga area in 2011 and has been involved with the community ever since.
Matthew is a best-selling novelist. Both his debut and sophomore novel have received national acclaim. He is determined to be the change he wants to see in the world and advocates for youth. He has a cat—Jay Gatsby—and his hobbies include going on outdoor adventures, volunteering, and stocking his private library.
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Sarah has been active in the Chattanooga arts community, serving as the founding chair of the Chattanooga Young Artistic Network (CYAN), graduating from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and working with the Chattanooga Boys Choir, the Choral Arts Society, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanooga Bach Choir.
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Spring is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas, where she 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 and completed her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in North Carolina. Throughout her education and career, Spring has attended numerous master classes, festivals, conferences and camps, and been an active member of several arts organizations. Current 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.
Over the past thirty-five years, he has taught both bands and orchestras in Texas and Tennessee. Currently, he is the orchestra teacher at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Gary is proudly beginning his twenty-first year as the music director of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestras and the conductor of the Chattanooga Youth Symphony.
Gary has professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Education Association, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, American String Teacher’s Association, National School Orchestra Association, International Double Reed Society, Tennessee Education Association, Hamilton County Education Association, and the American Federation of Musicians – Local 80. He recently completed a six-year tenure on the Executive Board of Directors with the Tennessee Music Education Association and is also past President of the Tennessee chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association. He also holds membership in the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity, and was recently honored as one of Tennessee’s outstanding teachers by the Board of the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is Director of Music at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He is proud to be a husband to Lisa and Dad to Richard, Michael, Kathryn, Karen and Olivia.